A reminder that the Back on Track Report – new research conducted by
City & Guilds and NSAR provides insights into the future of the rail workforce, with skills shortages set to escalate significantly in the sector over the next five years.
With major rail infrastructure projects due to be announced next week as part of the long-anticipated National Infrastructure Strategy, the report – which includes findings from research undertaken by YouGov and data from NSAR on 242,000 workers in the rail industry – reveals that there is potential for these to create a new lease of life for the UK economy through new jobs and economic growth.
Keys findings include:
- Skills shortfall: up to 120,000 additional people will be required over the next 5 – 10 years, with demand for skills peaking around 2025
- An ageing workforce: over 28% of workers in the current rail workforce are over the age of 50
- Failure to attract a diverse workforce: Only 16% of the rail workforce is female and nearly one in four women (24%) would consider a career in rail