Renfe has launched a job offer to incorporate a total of 826 new workers to its staff, of which more than half, about 450 troops, will be machinists.
This is one of the largest public calls to hire new personnel in the history of the public railway company after the one carried out in 2017, when it incorporated 925 employees.
Under this year's offer, in addition to the 450 machinists, Renfe will recruit 225 new commercial operators, of which 80 will be for Catalonia and the remaining 145 for the rest of the country, as stated in the call.
Also, recruit 150 manufacturing and maintenance operators, among which are specialists in electricity and electronics, sheet metal and welding and supplies.
As for the train drivers, 25 of them will be used for cross-border traffic between Spain and France and another 25 for rail services in Catalonia.
Renfe adds this job offer to those that it has been carrying out annually since 2015, when it re-hired staff after the crisis years with the selection of 75 workers.
In 2016, it launched two offers, one for 522 employees, half machinists, and another for 62 workers and seven managers, while the one corresponding to 2017 is, for the moment, the highest in the company's history, given that it added 925 employees .
In that year, at first he selected 250 machinists and, subsequently, launched a process for 675 personnel, 375 of them also drivers. In 2018, the offer was for 600 workers.
Renew the template against the competition
All these selection processes are part of the employment plan that Renfe agreed with its unions in the framework of the last collective agreement. The program is linked to voluntary retirement plans for which it offers to leave the company to older and senior workers.
The ultimate goal of Renfe with these plans is to reduce the average age of 54 years that has its workforce, currently about 14,580 workers, in addition to improving their productivity, competitiveness and professional qualification by incorporating new profiles suitable for new services.
Renfe launches the new job offer after recently approving its new strategic plan, focused on digitalization and internationalization, as well as preparing the company for the liberalization of passenger transport by train, scheduled for December 2020, and the consequent entry of competing private operators.
Those interested in the new job offer of Renfe that meet the requirements requested by the railway company have until March 17 to submit their request to the operator to participate in the selection process.