The group's success is the result of the work done by almost 18,000 employees.

In 2017, workforce numbers increased by 927 compared with December 31, 2016. Of these new employees, 691 arrived in the wake of the acquisition of Pavan, while 24 were the result of other changes in the basis of consolidation. Adjusted for these effects, the number of employees in the workforce increased by 212, thereof 93 were in Germany. 

Employees* by region

  12/31/2017    in %   12/31/2016   in %
DACH & Eastern Europe 6,398 35.8 6,301 37.2
Western Europe, Middle East & Africa 3,401 19.0 2,727 16.1
North and Central Europe 2,927 16.4 2,924 17.3
Asia Pacific 2,904 16.3 2,867 16.9
North America 1,763 9.9 1,709 10.1
Latin America 471 2.6 409 2.4
Total 17,863 100.0 16,937 100.0

Employees* by employment contract and gender

Employees total thereof permanent thereof temporary
Number in % Number in % Number in %
Men 14,933 83.6 14,059 94.1 874 5.9
Women 2,930 16.4 2,699 92.1 231 7.9
Total 17,863 100.0 16,758 93.8 1,106 6.2

*) Full-time equivalents (FTE) excluding vocational trainees and inactive employment contracts