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Employees

Overview 2011

  • 111,141 employees worldwide
  • €8,576 million in personnel expenses
  • 9,529 new employees hired

The best team needs committed, performance-driven employees. We want to recruit and retain the best talent, and in doing so, we value diversity in our teams. We invest in our attractiveness as an employer, offer our employees career development opportunities and support them in achieving work-life balance.

Employees worldwide

At the end of 2011, BASF had 111,141 employees, 2,001 more than at the end of 2010. Of these, 2,565 were apprentices and trainees (2010: 2,442). The acquisitions of Germany’s inge watertechnologies AG and China’s Ji’Ning Hock Mining & Engineering Equipment Company Limited added to our employee headcount. Reductions in headcount resulted from, for example, the transfer of the styrenics business to a joint venture. As a result of the Cognis integration, 680 positions are being eliminated in the BASF Group due to restructuring. Around 28,500 employees from external companies were contracted to provide services at BASF sites. Worldwide, the percentage of employees who left the company voluntarily during their first three years of employment was on average 1.1%. The rate of employee turnover was 0.4% in Europe, 1.5% in North America, 3.4% in Asia Pacific and 2.1% in South America, Africa, Middle East.

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Number of employees by region (as of December 31)

 

 

2011

%

Thereof women %

Europe

70,664

63.6

22.9

Thereof Germany

52,049

46.8

23.0

Thereof BASF SE

33,761

30.4

20.5

North America

16,167

14.5

22.2

Asia Pacific

17,342

15.6

26.6

South America, Africa, Middle East

6,968

6.3

24.4

 

111,141

100

23.5

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