Employees worldwide

With around 62,000 employees, The Linde Group operates successfully around the globe. The aim of our human resources management is to acquire the employees best suited to the Group, to nurture them and to build up long-term loyalty. To do this, it is Linde’s goal to offer its staff safe and attractive working conditions, fair and respectful treatment, and reward for excellent performance. In return, Linde expects its employees to assume responsibility, both for the success of the company and for the implementation of Linde’s corporate values. One of the cornerstones of our global HPO programme designed to improve efficiency is "People Excellence". As part of this initiative, Linde has pinpointed three priorities that are particularly important to sustainable HR efforts: developing talent, a performance-oriented approach and corporate culture.

Employees worldwide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

 

2011

 

2010

 

2009

1

In 2010, the definition was adapted. Previously, all contracts concluded for 24 months or longer were reported as unlimited-term contracts. From 2010 on, this indicator includes all contracts with a specific termination date.

Group (as of Dec. 31, 2012)

 

61,965

 

50,417

 

48,430

 

47,731

Gases Division

 

50,605

 

39,031

 

37,603

 

37,362

EMEA

 

21,614

 

20,920

 

20,575

 

20,952

Asia/Pacific

 

11,037

 

10,868

 

10,051

 

9,440

Americas

 

17,954

 

7,243

 

6,977

 

6,970

Engineering Division

 

6,564

 

6,319

 

5,811

 

5,716

Other activities

 

4,796

 

5,067

 

5,016

 

4,653

Employees in production

 

19,352

 

19,072

 

18,134

 

17,834

Employees in sales, marketing and distribution

 

31,102

 

22,172

 

21,940

 

20,866

Employees in research and development

 

385

 

342

 

324

 

345

Employees in administration

 

11,126

 

8,831

 

8,032

 

8,685

Part-time employees

 

1.9

 

2.0

 

1.9

 

1.8

Temporary staff1

 

7.5

 

6.4

 

4.3

 

1.8

Employees on parental leave (Germany)

 

328

 

271

 

 

Staff covered by collective wage agreements

 

53.8

 

53.5

 

54.9

 

55.3

As at 31 December 2012, The Linde Group employed a total of 61,965 members of staff, an increase of 11,548 compared with the previous year-end. The acquisitions carried out during the financial year resulted in the addition of 11,499 new employees. On average, 6.9 percent of employees worldwide left the company during the year under review at their own request. Depending on the region, this turnover rate ranged from 2.7 percent in the RBU Continental & Northern Europe to 13.3 percent in the RBU South & East Asia. To cope with order peaks, Linde also uses staffing services if necessary. Around 50 temporary workers performed services for Linde Gas Germany in 2012.

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