Employees & society

Employees across the world

Factors which are crucial to the long-term success of our Group are the commitment, motivation and qualifications of our employees. We therefore want to win talented employees, to support their professional development and to be an attractive employer.

At the end of the year 2015, Linde employed a total of 64,538 staff, a decrease of 1,053 compared with the previous year-end. During the reporting year, we refined the structures and processes within the Group to make us even more responsive to customers’ wishes, increase our competitiveness and intensify our focus on growth areas. 11.2 percent of employees left Linde in 2015 at their own request. Depending on the region, this turnover rate ranged from 2.1 percent in the Regional Business Unit (RBU) Southern Europe to 22.7 percent in North America. The overall staff turnover rate, which includes employees retiring and being dismissed as well as employees reaching the end of temporary contracts, was 18.7 percent.

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Employees worldwide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

2013

 

2012

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Staff turnover rate relates to employees who left the Group voluntarily during the period under review.

As a result of the 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.

Group (as of Dec. 31)

 

64,538

 

65,591

 

63,487

 

62,765

Gases Division

 

52,395

 

53,436

 

51,536

 

51,405

EMEA

 

21,067

 

21,779

 

21,544

 

21,636

Asia/Pacific

 

11,533

 

12,175

 

12,122

 

11,809

Americas

 

19,795

 

19,482

 

17,870

 

17,960

Engineering Division

 

7,038

 

7,330

 

6,997

 

6,564

Other activities

 

5,105

 

4,825

 

4,954

 

4,796

Employees in production

 

21,194

 

21,684

 

20,200

 

19,829

Employees in sales, marketing and distribution

 

31,649

 

31,851

 

31,778

 

31,249

Employees in research & development

 

348

 

390

 

367

 

385

Employees in administration

 

11,348

 

11,666

 

11,141

 

11,302

Temporary staff (in %)

 

8.6

 

8.6

 

6.2

 

6.4

Staff turnover rate (in %)1

 

11.2

 

10.0

 

9.4

 

10.1

Average length of service (in years)

 

9.0

 

8.4

 

8.9

 

9.3