13 – Personnel expenses and employees

Personnel expenses

Personnel expenses decreased by 0.7%, from €9,285 million in 2013 to €9,224 million in 2014. This was largely due to income from the reversal of provisions for the long-term incentive program and currency effects. Offsetting these effects were the higher number of employees as well as wage and salary increases.

Personnel expenses (in million €)

 

 

2014

2013

Wages and salaries

 

7,380

7,455

Social security contributions and expenses for pensions and assistance

 

1,844

1,830

Thereof for pension benefits

 

560

579

Personnel expenses

 

9,224

9,285

Number of employees

The number of employees was 113,292 on December 31, 2014 and 112,206 employees on December 31, 2013.

The average number of employees was distributed over the regions as follows:

Average number of employees

 

 

2014

2013

Europe

 

71,128

71,000

Thereof Germany

 

52,726

52,568

North America

 

16,980

16,838

Asia Pacific

 

16,885

16,533

South America, Africa, Middle East

 

7,651

7,473

BASF Group

 

112,644

111,844

Thereof apprentices and trainees

 

2,884

2,639

temporary staff

 

2,596

2,617

Employees from joint operations are included in the average number of employees relative to BASF’s share in the company. On average 376 employees worked for joint operations in 2014 (2013: 344 employees).