Employees

Employees

Qualified and committed employees are important success factors for Linde. Our personnel strategy therefore focuses on winning and promoting talent and on providing attractive working conditions.

At 31 December 2016, we employed 59,715 staff (2015: 59,774). During the reporting year, 12.1 percent left the Group at their own request (2015: 10.7 percent). This turnover rate varied by region, from 2.0 percent in Southern Europe to 26.9 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 20.8 percent (2015: 18.4 percent).

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Employees worldwide1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

2014

 

2013

1

In line with the information in the Financial Report 2016, the figures provided for the years 2015 and 2016 exclude the business of the logistics service provider Gist, as it has been reported as a discontinued operation.

2

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

Group

as of Dec. 31

 

59,715

 

59,774

 

65,591

 

63,487

Gases Division

 

 

52,907

 

52,395

 

53,436

 

51,536

EMEA

 

 

20,309

 

21,067

 

21,779

 

21,544

Asia/Pacific

 

 

11,343

 

11,533

 

12,175

 

12,122

Americas

 

 

21,255

 

19,795

 

19,482

 

17,870

Engineering Division

 

 

6,432

 

7,038

 

7,330

 

6,997

Other activities

 

 

376

 

341

 

4,825

 

4,954

Employees in production

 

 

20,466

 

21,194

 

21,684

 

20,200

Employees in sales, marketing and distribution

 

 

27,293

 

27,021

 

31,851

 

31,778

Employees in research and development

 

 

345

 

348

 

390

 

367

Employees in administration

 

 

11,611

 

11,211

 

11,666

 

11,141

Temporary staff

%

 

8.4

 

8.8

 

8.6

 

6.2

Staff turnover rate2

%

 

12.1

 

10.7

 

10.0

 

9.4

Average length of service

years

 

9.1

 

9.1

 

8.4

 

8.9