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Employee Structure and Development

Salzgitter corporate workforce on Dec. 31

2015 2014
Group core workforce1) 23,524 23,555
Business Unit Strip Steel 6,130 6,192
Business Unit Plate/Section Steel 2,952 3,108
Business Unit Mannesmann 4,895 4,959
Business Unit Trading 1,858 1,888
Business Unit Technology 5,146 4,899
Industrial Participation 2,387 2,352
Holding companies 156 157
Trainees 1,494 1,548
Non-active age-related part time workers 441 426
Total workforce of the Group 25,459 25,529

On December 21 2015, the core workforce of the Salzgitter group was 23,524 employees – which was 31 people, or 0.1%, lower than at the end of the 2014 business year. The workforce numbers reflect the personnel adjustments resulting from the “Salzgitter AG 2015” program with the simultaneous expansion of business activity at the Salzgitter Mannesmann Precisión S.A. de C.V. (MPM) as well as the KHS companies abroad, and include any consolidation effects. 

Employees of the Salzgitter Group by region on Dec. 31

2015 2014
Group core workface 23,524 23,555
Germany 19,580 19,802
EU (excl. Germany) 1,855 1,865
North/South Amerika 1,435 1,392
Asia 609 448
Other regions 45 48

Core workforce by region in 2015

Core workforce by region in 2015

As in prior years, the vast majority, namely 83 %, of the Salzgitter Group's employees were based in Germany in 2015. Another 8 % were working in other EU countries, and around 9 % of our workforce was employed in locations outside Europe.

Turnover rate Salzgitter-Konzern

2015 2014 2013
Turnover rate1) % 5.9 6.8 5.5

Average years of service to the Salzgitter Group (Germany)

2015 2014 2013
Average years of service Years 19.6 19.5 19.3

The average years of service of our employees has remained at a consistently high level in the past three years.

Salzgitter Group core workforce subject to collective agreement (Germany) on Dec. 31

2015 2014 2013
Iron and steel industry % 57 58 52
Metal and electronics industry % 27 26 25
Corporate pay scale and other % 11 12 20
Without collective agreement obligation % 5 4 3

Over of the Group's employees in Germany were subject to the collective agreements of the iron and steel industry in 2015. Of the domestic workforce, 27 % were subject to the collective agreement of the metal and electronics industry as opposed to only 5 % of the workforce who are not covered by collective agreements.

Comparison of age structure in the Salzgitter Group (Germany)

Comparison of age structure

The average age of the Salzgitter Group's core workforce was just under 45 years of age in 2015, which is one year older than the average age in 2009. The proportion of older employees in the workforce will continue to grow significantly especially in the future. Whereas, in 2009, approximately 29 % of our employees were over 50, this share had risen to 36 % by 2015. We prepare for this trend and the manifold challenges presented by demographic change with our GO Project – The Generation Offensive 2025.

Percentage of women in the Salzgitter Group's workforce (Germany) on Dec. 31

2015 2014
Group % 12.5 12.3
Business Unit Strip Steel % 10.1 9.9
Business Unit Plate / Section Steel % 8.3 8.2
Business Unit Mannesmann % 9.0 8.8
Business Unit Trading % 24.5 24.8
Business Unit Technology % 13.5 13.7
Industrial Participations / Holding companies % 19.5 19.1

The steel and technology sector has traditionally been the domain of men, which is also reflected in the graduates and undergraduates studying science and engineering disciplines. The distribution of female employees in the various fields of activity is correspondingly heterogeneous. The share of female employees in the company has grown continuously in previous years, and reached 12.5% in the year 2015.

Percentage of women in top management (MD and executives) on Dec. 31

2015 2014 2013
Group % 8.5 7.5 7.0

The percentage of women in the top management level has continuously increased over the past three years and stands at 8.5 % in the year 2015. Female members constitute almost 7 % of corporate boards.

Percentage of severely disabled employees in the Salzgitter Group (Germany) on Dec. 31

2015 2014 2013
Proportion of severely disabled employees % 5.4 5.5 5.4

The proportion of severely disabled employees has settled around 5 % in recent years, in line with statutory requirements.

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