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Signallers control the movement and direction of trains by operating railway signals and points. They make sure that trains run safely and on time.

The Work

There are three types of signalling systems:

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on the type and size of signal equipment you work on.

Signaller Pay Grades 2017:

You usually also earn shift allowance and possibly public holiday pay and overtime, especially working Sundays. You can typically add £10,000 a year for standard extras.


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Getting In

Employment is with Network Rail, which is responsible for maintaining around 3,000 miles of track and related infrastructure in Scotland.

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:


Getting On

More Information

Network Rail are in the process of replacing their signalling system to the European Train Control System (ETCS) and Traffic Management (TM) Programme. This may affect signaller jobs in the future as all signalling will be done out of Rail Operating Centres (ROCs).


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Network Rail
Tel: 020 7557 8000
Website (2):
Twitter: @networkrailJOBS

Network Rail is the company with responsibility for all aspects of the railway infrastructure, including the track, bridges, viaducts, tunnels, level crossings, stations and signalling systems.

People 1st - Careers That Move
Website (2):
Twitter: @p1stgroup

People 1st is the Sector Skills Council for the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries. Careers That Move is in association with People 1st and the UKSP. It is the careers website for passenger transport and travel.

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