Winning talent

The recruitment of well-trained experts and the provision of continuing professional development for existing employees are key elements of our human resources strategy. We cooperate with prestigious universities and research institutions across the world in order to attract newly qualified graduates. In 2013, we launched a new round of our two-year entry programme for European graduates, with participants from 15 countries.

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Employee training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

2011

 

2010

Employees who attended training opportunities

%

 

60.3

 

61.0

 

64.4

 

59.1

Training days per employee

 

 

3.0

 

2.6

 

2.3

 

2.0

Expenditure on training programmes per employee

 

341

 

386

 

268

 

241

Apprentices and trainees in total workforce

%

 

0.9

 

0.9

 

1.3

 

1.3

Apprentices and trainees in Germany

%

 

3.1

 

3.2

 

3.6

 

3.5

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.

We also provide training opportunities in various technical and commercial areas, encompassing 17 different professions in Germany, for example. In the year under review, 75 percent of one year’s cohort of trainees in Germany were taken on as permanent employees at the end of their vocational training; a further 20 percent were offered a fixed-term contract. The number of trainees as a proportion of the total number of employees in the Group was 0.9 percent in 2013, of which 55 percent were in non-German companies.

EUR 13 million

invested in professional development

We invested around EUR 13 million in the continuing professional development of our employees during the reporting year. Group-wide professional development programmes are provided through Linde University. These focus on such subject areas as change leadership and intercultural communication and diversity. The Linde University Campus in China celebrated its second anniversary in 2013 and continued to expand its range of training opportunities. By the end of 2013, more than 1,600 employees had participated in training seminars in the region. The Linde Group offers its executive staff around 130 different professional development modules across the world. In September 2013, for example, the Future Leader Programme for the new generation of managers was launched in the Asia/Pacific region.

1,600

employees participated in seminars of Linde University in China

Another key component of our long-term human resources strategy is succession planning for our skilled personnel and our management team. The aim is to nurture potential and to ensure knowledge transfer.