Dutch Railways wins Digital-Recruitment award

Written by: Endouble Endouble

Read in: Nederlands 

First launched in April 2018, the career site of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) has seen continuous updates and improvements. This development has not gone unnoticed. Over a  100 Dutch recruitment websites were analyzed and the NS came out on top. It was rated to have the best digital experience and was awarded the Digital-Recruitment award. So what makes this site so special?

An employee-centric approach

The NS employs over 22,000 people in the Netherlands, spread out over its trains, maintenance locations, train stations, service points and its headquarters. Making the NS a very versatile organization. As a result, the old way of recruiting - from an organisational perspective - made it nearly impossible to match the right candidate with the right job. 

That is why the NS decided to turn it around. By mapping out the different target groups (e.i. the candidates) it enables the candidate to find their dream job at NS much faster. The career website naturally plays an important role in this. Collecting data on their site helps NS make the right decisions.

What the Digitaal Werven jury says about the NS career site

And that is exactly what the jury of the Digital Recruitment Awards has noticed. Here is what they said:

“The Nederlandse Spoorwegen have the difficult task of bringing many different target groups together on one site and have managed to do so successfully. The NS is able to communicate its brand values ​​and provide a cohesive brand experience perfectly on their recruitment site. Offering location-based search option and a well-categorized overview, the NS applies the same positive elements that we know from their travel planner to their recruitment site.”

Positive points

  • Versatile location-based functions
  • Strong search functionality that shows dynamic vacancies above the fold 
  • Short and clear texts
  • Nicely formatted and updated vacancies
  • The mobile experience of the NS is superior


Want to know more about the career website of NS?

Read the full jury report on Digitaal Werven (only available in Dutch) or read our NS client case.