A career as a signaller

Six Bells

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Cheers for your responses Splashoutradio, Block Back Bobby & Highland Spring; confirmed my initial suspicions that a conversion course would be enough. Sorry if it seemed a daft question, but as I say I have only worked AB boxes.

With regards to the shift question, my preference would be 12s too. I worked 12 hour shifts before joining the railway and the impact of the extra rest days more than make up for the long days. I work 8s in my current location, although we don't have a night shift so its a moot point.
 
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jonge88

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Hi all,

Can anybody give me an insight into what the psychometrics involve? I have in the past sat driver psychometrics, are they anything alike?

Thanks in advance.
 

LeGrimpeur

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There's been no signaller vacancies posted for ages.
Any idea why? Assumed it was covid / training centre related.
Does the transfer to Great British rail affect this also?
Cheers
 

bouff34

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There's been no signaller vacancies posted for ages.
Any idea why? Assumed it was covid / training centre related.
Does the transfer to Great British rail affect this also?
Cheers
I don't speak from an official position but probably because there are potentially large numbers of anticipated redundancies across the railways in various areas - hopefully not affecting signallers. This means that many vacancies for a while will only need to be advertised internally as there will be plenty of applicants looking to move from roles that are expected to disappear. I believe there is a recruitment embargo on non-essential roles... so it is much easier to recruit internally.
 

C00k1e

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There's been no signaller vacancies posted for ages.
Any idea why? Assumed it was covid / training centre related.
Does the transfer to Great British rail affect this also?
Cheers
There have been and are currently several vacancies advertised nationwide from entry level vacancies to grade 9, all on the recruitment website.
 

Rover77

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There have been and are currently several vacancies advertised nationwide from entry level vacancies to grade 9, all on the recruitment website.
I check for signaller roles in the North West everyday. I agree with LeGrimper regarding lack of signaller roles. COOKIE, am I missing something?
 

Rockhopper

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There has been a recruitment freeze for the past nine months or so and going forward its likely that many more roles will be filled internally if they can. Roles being advertised at the moment are the critical ones they need to urgently fill for operational reasons. Its not going to get better anytime soon from what I'm hearing.
 

C00k1e

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The signalling opportunities section of the recruitment website currently has 5 open vacancies (granted not for the north west!) and has had for several weeks. Geographically they range from Cumbria- Cornwall and are from grades 2-9. I check this daily and after speaking with recruitment earlier this week there will be ‘lots’ of opportunities in the near future.
 

Highlandspring

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I check this daily and after speaking with recruitment earlier this week there will be ‘lots’ of opportunities in the near future.
Yes, after the voluntary redundancy scheme has run through the company like a dose of salts.
 

Defenestrate

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Regarding vacancies advertised externally... NR have several official careers/jobs websites, which do not seem to link up in terms of what is being advertised. If you heard that the recruitment process is painful then this highlights one of the reasons why.
No, that doesn't make any sense.
Yes, it is still the case. *Three* links below:

www.networkrail.co.uk/careers/careers-search


 
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High Dyke

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As much as possible really, I have applied for a grade 5 role there, I believe it’s on a 12hr roster? Is it west cad? And where does it work to/cover? Thank you
Hi. Yes the 'old folks home', as some of us know it as, is on a 12hr roster. Yes, it is all Westcad across the four workstations. It covers an area fringed by Swinderby (Newark/Nottingham line) Gainsborough Trent Jn (Retford / Doncaster line), Langworth (Barnetby line) and also South towards Werrington Jn (fringes to Peterborough PSB). It also works to/from both Sleaford signal boxes on the route towards Peterborough.
 

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Hi. Yes the 'old folks home', as some of us know it as, is on a 12hr roster. Yes, it is all Westcad across the four workstations. It covers an area fringed by Swinderby (Newark/Nottingham line) Gainsborough Trent Jn (Retford / Doncaster line), Langworth (Barnetby line) and also South towards Werrington Jn (fringes to Peterborough PSB). It also works to/from both Sleaford signal boxes on the route towards Peterborough.
Amazing thank you so much for the info, much appreciated!
 

H24

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Hello everybody, just did the aptitude testing for the Didcot Grade 9. Aptitude test was straight forward but the Grid Challenge was ridiculous. Almost impossible to do. Not sure what they are looking for in that test!
 

Enviro200mmc

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Hello everybody, just did the aptitude testing for the Didcot Grade 9. Aptitude test was straight forward but the Grid Challenge was ridiculous. Almost impossible to do. Not sure what they are looking for in that test!
Yup, the Grid Challenge must be for Astronauts and above. So difficult
 

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I've seen previous comments in the thread regarding getting a higher grade job, and then claiming the grade after a certain time - 13 weeks after job closing date has been mentioned - would someone be able to tell me exactly where this is written down, and perhaps share the literature via a pm if possible please? NB I have heard that this may be in the RMT "blue book", whatever that is... but cannot see this when I log into my RMT account!
 

Highlandspring

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I've seen previous comments in the thread regarding getting a higher grade job, and then claiming the grade after a certain time - 13 weeks after job closing date has been mentioned - would someone be able to tell me exactly where this is written down, and perhaps share the literature via a pm if possible please? NB I have heard that this may be in the RMT "blue book", whatever that is... but cannot see this when I log into my RMT account!
I’ve just realised I didn’t reply to your message…. Incoming!
 

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Login to E-Business (where you would usually look for jobs), then click Employee Self-Service > Leave of Absence

Unless it's changed recently eBusiness shows your annual leave as 28 days, the actual number of days you get is based off of your roster pattern.

Best person to ask is your roster clerk who can generate you an up to date annual leave card.
 

Highlandspring

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Unless it's changed recently eBusiness shows your annual leave as 28 days, the actual number of days you get is based off of your roster pattern.

Best person to ask is your roster clerk who can generate you an up to date annual leave card.
Oracle (eBusiness) isn’t used to track signallers’ annual leave, though sickness does go into it for pay purposes, so your leave is recorded on an annual leave card held by the resourcing team as per the above. Where I am the cards are sent out twice a year so you can see what you’ve taken and keep it updated manually yourself if you like.
 

Scooby123

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Great thanks everyone, also I think I read that you could take up to 10 days over to next year because of Covid is that right?
 

Nemo01

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Great thanks everyone, also I think I read that you could take up to 10 days over to next year because of Covid is that right?
A maximum of 2 weeks and you need to have your line manager's approval by 30th September to do it
 

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