The latest in our series of consultant interviews is with Keith Fox, Senior Consultant in our Central London office, who specialises in recruitment in the railway sector.

So how are things looking generally in London?

London’s rail network had 104.2 Million passenger journeys recorded in 2015 – 2016 and this is set to increase in 2017 meaning the demand from increased capacity rail stations and new rail links is increasing. Already major rail links such as Bank and Waterloo are undergoing capacity upgrades and Crossrail will be completed in December 2018 becoming a major transport link across London. With this in mind there will be an ever growing need for skilled rail professionals such as Estimators, Quantity Surveyors, Project Engineers, Project Managers and Site Managers.

What are some of the best things about having a Rail office in London?

London is a vibrant hub for rail infrastructure work - with a London office I am able to respond to client and candidate demands with ease attending meetings and events.

What qualifications or tickets does someone need to work on a railway?

A CSCS/Lucas card to work on the underground, for Network Rail it's a Sentinel Card.

What would the typical shift patterns be like for a railway operative?

10 hour days or "8 hour nights, work 4 get paid for 8"

As this will be going on the website, is there a particular position or skill set you’ve found yourself looking for a lot recently? Maybe someone out there could be made for a job with one of our clients!

With a number of tenders and projects being planned the demand for Estimators and Quantity surveyors with experience on NEC3 rail infrastructure projects is high. If you fall into this skill set I would welcome a conversation regarding future moves and career advancement.

Keith can be reached in his office at 0207 653 8810 or CVs can be sent to