Employees

Employees

Key figures

Qualified and committed employees are a key factor in the success of our company. Recruiting and promoting excellent employees and providing attractive working conditions are therefore the focus of our personnel strategy.

At 31 December 2017, we employed 57,605 staff (2016: 59,715). Over the course of the year, we hired 7,925 new employees. In 2017, 12.3 percent of employees left Linde at their own request (2016: 12.1 percent). This turnover rate varied by region, from 0.6 percent in Southern Europe to 23.4 percent in the Americas region. The overall staff turnover rate, which includes employees retiring and being dismissed as well as employees reaching the end of temporary contracts, was 20.3 percent in 2017 (2016: 20.8 percent). By the end of 2017, around 2,900 employees around the world had left the Group as a result of the LIFT efficiency programme launched in 2016. In Germany, we worked closely with employee representatives during the year to offer employees in our German companies a voluntary redundancy scheme. Focused downsizing was the objective of this scheme within the LIFT programme. The scheme was aimed at employees who wanted to follow a new career path or take early retirement. By 31 December 2017, we had entered into voluntary redundancy agreements with around 600 employees.

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Employees worldwide1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

 

2016

 

2015

 

2014

 

2013

1

In line with the information in the Financial Report 2017, the figures provided for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 exclude the business of the logistics service provider Gist, as it has been reported as a discontinued operation.

2

Starting with 2017 the calculation of part-time ratio is based on the portion of actual employees working part-time compared to the total staff. Before that the calculation was based on full-time equivalents. The 2016 number has been revised as well for better comparability. Generally, all other employee ratios are based on full-time equivalents, if not stated differently.

3

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

Lagebericht 2014

Included in the audited Non-Financial Report

Group

as of Dec. 31

 

Lagebericht 2014 57,605

 

Lagebericht 2014 59,715

 

59,774

 

65,591

 

63,487

Gases Division

 

 

Lagebericht 2014 51,138

 

Lagebericht 2014 52,907

 

52,395

 

53,436

 

51,536

EMEA

 

 

Lagebericht 2014 19,556

 

Lagebericht 2014 20,309

 

21,067

 

21,779

 

21,544

Asia/Pacific

 

 

Lagebericht 2014 11,147

 

Lagebericht 2014 11,343

 

11,533

 

12,175

 

12,122

Americas

 

 

Lagebericht 2014 20,435

 

Lagebericht 2014 21,255

 

19,795

 

19,482

 

17,870

Engineering Division

 

 

Lagebericht 2014 6,144

 

Lagebericht 2014 6,432

 

7,038

 

7,330

 

6,997

Other activities

 

 

Lagebericht 2014 323

 

Lagebericht 2014 376

 

341

 

4,825

 

4,954

Employees in production

 

 

20,408

 

20,466

 

21,194

 

21,684

 

20,200

Employees in sales, marketing and distribution

 

 

26,787

 

27,293

 

27,021

 

31,851

 

31,778

Employees in research and development

 

 

350

 

345

 

348

 

390

 

367

Employees in administration

 

 

10,060

 

11,611

 

11,211

 

11,666

 

11,141

Part-time employees2

%

 

Lagebericht 2014 3.4

 

Lagebericht 2014 3.6

 

1.7

 

2.1

 

1.9

Employees in Germany

 

 

7,474

 

7,842

 

8,014

 

8,090

 

7,822

Temporary staff

%

 

5.6

 

8.4

 

8.8

 

8.6

 

6.2

Overall turnover rate

%

 

Lagebericht 2014 20.3

 

Lagebericht 2014 20.8

 

18.4

 

 

Staff turnover rate3

%

 

Lagebericht 2014 12.3

 

Lagebericht 2014 12.1

 

10.7

 

10.0

 

9.4

Average length of service

years

 

9.2

 

9.1

 

9.1

 

8.4

 

8.9

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