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An attractive and caring employer

NS is one of the largest employers in the Netherlands and is a strong brand in the labour market. Every day, our more than 20,000 colleagues enable people’s door-to-door journeys throughout the Netherlands. Skilled and healthy employees are crucial for NS in putting our strategy into practice. We therefore see it as a high priority to maintain professional skills, develop talent and leadership and recruit talented new colleagues.

Our employees

  • At year-end 2019, the NS workforce comprised 20,074 staff (2018: 17,742 FTEs)

  • Women made up 32% of the workforce at NS (2018: 33%).

  • Of NS’s workforce, 69% were full-time employees (male/female ratio: 82%/18%) and 31% were part-time employees (male/female ratio: 37%/63%).

  • Of all NS staff, 87% had permanent contracts (2018: 84%) (male/female ratio: 91%/78%) and 13% had temporary contracts (male/female ratio: 9%/22%).

  • The average age of our employees was 45 (2018: 44).

  • In 2019, NS had a flexible layer with hired personnel that represented about 6.6% of the workforce.

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