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DB Cargo UK is the UK’s largest rail freight company.

uk.dbcargo.com/rail-uk-en

Rating based on 48 employees who took the Breakroom Quiz

About jobs at DB Cargo UK

Pay

    Good
  • Most people are paid a living wage

    Do DB Cargo UK pay a living wage?

    Most people are paid a living wage.

    How we know this

    94% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live.

    Based on data from 34 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The current rates are £12.00 per hour, and £13.15 per hour in London.

    Find out more in our explainer about the Real Living Wage.

  • Okay
  • Only some people are paid market rates

    Do DB Cargo UK pay market rates?

    Only some people are paid above average for their job.

    How we know this

    36% of people are paid below average for the type of work they do.

    Based on data from 25 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • Good
  • Most people get paid breaks

    Do workers at DB Cargo UK get paid breaks?

    Yes. Most people get paid breaks.

    How we know this

    71% of people say they get paid breaks.

    Based on data from 31 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • Good
  • Most people get sick pay

    Do DB Cargo UK pay sick pay?

    Yes. Most people get proper sick pay.

    How we know this

    97% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work.

    Based on data from 32 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • Good
  • Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

    Do workers at DB Cargo UK do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work.

    How we know this

    93% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work.

    Based on data from 30 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Hours and flexibility

    Okay
  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do people get of their shift pattern at DB Cargo UK?

    Only some people get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working.

    How we know this

    • 44% of people with changing schedules report getting one week notice or less.
    • 0% of people with changing schedules report getting two weeks notice.
    • 6% of people with changing schedules report getting three weeks notice.
    • 50% of people with changing schedules report getting four weeks notice or more.

    Based on data from 16 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and May 2024.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

  • Good
  • Most people don’t worry about their hours

    Do workers at DB Cargo UK worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    How we know this

    70% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people don’t get any choice of shifts

    Do DB Cargo UK workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work.

    How we know this

    70% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work.

    Based on data from 30 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • Needs improving
  • Hard to change shifts

    How easy is it for DB Cargo UK workers to change shifts?

    Most people find it hard to change shifts.

    How we know this

    71% of people report that it’s hard to change shifts if they need to.

    Based on data from 17 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at DB Cargo UK?

    Most people find it easy to book holiday.

    How we know this

    81% of people report it’s easy to book holidays.

    Based on data from 32 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Good
  • Shifts don’t get changed at short notice

    Do DB Cargo UK managers change shifts at short notice?

    Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice.

    How we know this

    89% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute.

    Based on data from 27 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • Good
  • Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at DB Cargo UK?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave.

    How we know this

    94% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick.

    Based on data from 32 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off when you need to.

    A good job should support you when you’re unwell and have systems in place that will allow you to take time off to recover when you need it.

Workplace

    Good
  • Most people feel treated with respect

    Do people at DB Cargo UK feel treated with respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers.

    How we know this

    96% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers.

    Based on data from 26 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

  • Good
  • Most people get proper breaks

    Do people at DB Cargo UK get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks.

    How we know this

    73% of people report that they get to take proper breaks.

    Based on data from 33 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • Good
  • Most people aren’t stressed

    Is it stressful to work at DB Cargo UK?

    Most people don’t feel stressed here.

    How we know this

    79% of people say they don’t feel stressed at work.

    Based on data from 34 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Good
  • Most people enjoy their job

    Do people at DB Cargo UK enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job.

    How we know this

    91% of people report they enjoy their job.

    Based on data from 33 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

  • Good
  • Most people recommend their team

    Do people at DB Cargo UK recommend working with their team?

    Most people recommend working with their team.

    How we know this

    83% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend.

    Based on data from 35 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Good
  • Most people get enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at DB Cargo UK?

    Most people got enough training when they started.

    How we know this

    88% of people report they got enough training when they started working here.

    Based on data from 33 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • Good
  • Most people get support to progress

    Are people given support to progress at DB Cargo UK?

    Most people are given support to progress here.

    How we know this

    In the last year, 72% of people report being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role.

    Based on data from 32 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • Needs improving
  • Head office doesn’t understand what’s happening

    Do people think DB Cargo UK head office understands what's happening where they work?

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work.

    How we know this

    74% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work.

    Based on data from 31 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

  • Good
  • Most people feel well informed by head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how DB Cargo UK is doing?

    Most people feel well informed about how the company is doing.

    How we know this

    70% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole.

    Based on data from 33 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

How DB Cargo UK ranks

DB Cargo UK ranks 4th to work for out of logistics providers.

  1. 3 Freightliner
    8.7
  2. 4 DB Cargo UK
    8.6
  3. 5 Best Food Logistics
    8.2

Rankings are based on Breakroom Ratings for employers with 20 or more Breakroom Quiz responses, accurate as of 15 June 2024.

DB Cargo UK job reviews

  • Best thing

    Workload and hybrid working

    Worst thing

    Rota can have up to 10 consecutive shifts

    9.3

    DB Cargo UK Employee, August 2023

  • Best thing

    Money
    Good colleagues
    Good team management

    Worst thing

    12 hour shifts that can be intense

    8.8

    DB Cargo UK Maintenance engineer, February 2022

Handy to know

How are people paid?

29%
by the hour
71%
an annual salary

Based on 35 DB Cargo UK employees

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

44% of people with changing schedules report getting one week notice or less.
6% of people with changing schedules report getting three weeks notice.
50% of people with changing schedules report getting four weeks notice or more.

Based on 16 DB Cargo UK employees

What contracts are people on?

40%
part time
60%
full time

Based on 10 DB Cargo UK employees