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Competition for talent

In the worldwide competition for the best qualified employees and managers, we want to recruit the right employees in order to contribute to the demanding growth goals set out by our strategy. The use of social media is one way we are continuing to intensify our recruitment activities. We cultivate relationships with talented candidates by way of a Europe-wide talent pool; more than 100 of our employees have been recruited through these means since 2010. Our integrated marketing toward institutes of higher education in Germany was recognized with an award by the Trendence Institute in 2012. We expanded our college recruiting in North America in order to increase the diversity of our team, among other goals. In 2012, we introduced mentoring programs in almost all regions to support new coworkers.

Worldwide, the percentage of employees who left the company voluntarily during their first three years of employment was 1.3% on average. The rate of employee turnover was 0.5% in Europe, 1.4% in North America, 4.3% in Asia Pacific and 1.9% in South America, Africa, Middle East.

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New hires 2012

 

Total

Thereof women %

Europe

4,515

30.4

North America

1,604

25.7

Asia Pacific

2,232

34.8

South America, Africa, Middle East

780

38.8

Total

9,131

31.4