2013/06/30 2012/12/31 +/–
Core workforce1) 23,314 23,247 67
Steel Division 7,140 7,091 49
Trading Division 2,037 2,052 -15
Tubes Division 5,520 5,552 -32
Services Division 3,704 3,746 -42
Technology Division   4,748 4,639 109
Holding 165 167 -2
Apprentices, students, trainees 1,246 1,542 -296
Non-active age-related part-time employment 712 769 -57
Total workforce 25,272 25,558 -286
1) excluding the members of executive and non-executive bodies
The core workforce of the Salzgitter Group came to 23,314 employees on June 30, 2013, representing an addition of 67 staff members since the beginning of the year. This increase is largely attributable to taking over 283 trainees, mainly in the Steel and Technology divisions. Of this number, 194 were given temporary employment contracts. The headcount also rose through the hiring of 221 temporary and 160 permanent employees. This trend was counteracted first and foremost by the expiration of temporary contracts. The total workforce stood at 25,272 persons.

At the end of the second quarter, the number of employees affected by short-time work had risen to 597, mainly in Peiner Träger GmbH (PTG), EUROPIPE GmbH (EP) and Salzgitter Mannesmann Grobblech GmbH (MGB).

As of June 30, 2013, the number of temporary staff outsourced had fallen by 266 in comparison with the previous year's reporting date.

A pilot collective agreement for the metal and electronics industry was concluded in the pay scale area of Bavaria on March 14, 2013, and was subsequently adopted by the rest of the Federal Republic. The agreement applies to around 25 % of the Group's domestic workforce. It covers a term of 20 months starting on July 1, 2013, and provides for a 3.4 % increase in wages and salaries and trainee remuneration, as well as another rise of 2.2 % as from May 1, 2014. Additional qualitative components in the agreement were not included in this round of collective bargaining.

Based on the collective agreements in German wholesale and foreign trade negotiated in June, the wages and salaries of the SMHD Group's employees – in essence around 7 % of the Group's domestic workforce – were effectively raised by 2.75 % on August 1, 2013, and by another 1.8 % on June 1, 2014. In addition, employees are to receive a one-off payment of € 90 in January 2014.