Railways: Staff

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 7 February 2024.

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Photo of Baroness Thomas of Winchester Baroness Thomas of Winchester Liberal Democrat

To ask His Majesty's Government what statistics they collect about staffing in the rail sector.

Photo of Lord Davies of Gower Lord Davies of Gower Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Figures published by the Office of Rail and Road and Network Rail indicate that approximately 100,000 people were employed in the rail sector at the end of March 2023, with 62,000 full-time equivalent employees across Train Operating Companies and 40,000 in Network Rail.

The Department for Transport also holds management information on the workforces within train operating companies. This is supplied in commercial confidence through a contractual requirement with service providers.

Alternative estimates of people employed in transport related occupations and industries sourced from the Office of National StatisticsLabour Force Survey and Annual Population Survey are also published in Transport Statistics Great Britain (Department for Transport)

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