Employees across the world

Progress

13.2%
of senior management positions filled by women

lower target achieved

23.4%
female participants

in the most important professional development programme for senior management

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35.6%
female participants

in the most important professional development programme for middle management

1
new guideline

introduced on corporate volunteering

GB
Stress management workshops

conducted in IT departments in UK

60%
of sites

covered by occupational safety and environmental protection audits in 2013

700
employees in the Greater China region benefit from a new flexible working scheme
-6%
workplace accidents in comparison with previous year

Goals and outlook

Promotion of women:

Goal: 13-15% of senior management positions to be filled by women by 2018

Employee satisfaction:

third global employee survey to be conducted in 2014

Work-life balance:

on-going initiative to review the range of measures which help employees achieve a better work-life balance

As at 31 December 2013, The Linde Group employed a total of 63,487 members of staff, an increase of 722 compared with the previous year-end. The acquisitions carried out in France and in the Netherlands resulted in the addition of new employees during the reporting period. On average, 9.4 percent of employees left Linde during the year under review at their own request. Depending on the region, this turnover rate ranged from 2.0 percent to 20.2 percent.

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Employees worldwide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

2011

 

2010

Group

 

63,487

 

62,765

 

50,417

 

48,430

Gases Division

 

51,536

 

51,405

 

39,031

 

37,603

EMEA

 

21,544

 

21,636

 

20,920

 

20,575

Asia/Pacific

 

12,122

 

11,809

 

10,868

 

10,051

Americas

 

17,870

 

17,960

 

7,243

 

6,977

Engineering Division

 

6,997

 

6,564

 

6,319

 

5,811

Other activities

 

4,954

 

4,796

 

5,067

 

5,016

Employees in production

 

20,200

 

19,829

 

19,072

 

18,134

Employees in sales, marketing and distribution

 

31,778

 

31,249

 

22,172

 

21,940

Employees in research & development

 

367

 

385

 

342

 

324

Employees in administration

 

11,141

 

11,302

 

8,831

 

8,032

Part-time employees (in percent)

 

1.9

 

1.7

 

2.0

 

1.9

Temporary staff (in percent)

 

6.2

 

6.4

 

6.4

 

4.3

Employees on parental leave (Germany)

 

344

 

328

 

271

 

Staff covered by collective wage agreements (in percent)

 

45.6

 

45.1

 

53.5

 

54.9

As a result of the first-time application of the revised accounting standards, the sites in the scope of our reporting changed in the 2013 financial year. Accordingly, the key financial, environmental and employee KPIs for 2012 were adjusted retrospectively. In addition, the KPIs for employees, occupational health and safety and environmental protection for the year 2012 were retrospectively adjusted to account for the effects of the acquisition of the US homecare company Lincare. To ensure that the figures for 2012 and 2013 can be compared, we reported the full year 2012 for Lincare.

The aim of our human resources strategy is to acquire the employees best suited to the Group across the world, to nurture these employees and to build up long-term loyalty. To help achieve this goal, we have pinpointed key strategic focuses, which include talent management, continuing professional development, future-oriented workplace models and equal opportunities. Our main priorities are to adapt the Group to changing social developments, to create attractive working conditions and to promote excellence.

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