Sustainable Conduct – Commitment to Employees and Society

Employee data

Slight increase in Group employee numbers

On December 31, 2017, Bayer employed 99,820 (2016: 99,592) people worldwide. In Germany we had 31,620 (2016: 30,603) employees, which was 31.7% of the total Group workforce (2016: 30.7%).

There was a reduction in the number of employees in the Latin America, Asia / Pacific and North America regions, but an increase in the Europe / Middle East / Africa region. While the number of employees in the segments decreased, there was an increase in the number included in the Reconciliation The reconciliation records, on the one hand, those business activities not assigned to any other segment (“All Other Segments”), including particularly the services provided by Business Services and Currenta. It also includes “Corporate Functions and Consolidation,” which largely comprises Bayer holding companies and Leaps by Bayer (formerly the Bayer Lifescience Center). 1. This change was mainly due to the reorganization of the Group initiated in 2016. Employees in service functions, which were previously part of a segment, were assigned to the respective units in the corporate functions and country platforms in 2017. The breakdown by function shows more employees working in administration and a slight decrease in the number employees working in production and research and development. The proportion of women in the workforce increased by 0.5 percentage points to 40.2%. In 2017, there was no significant change in the age structure compared with the previous year.

On the reporting date, our employees had worked for the Bayer Group for an average of ten years. The rate of employee-driven terminations (voluntary fluctuation) in 2017, at 4.8%, was level with the previous year’s figure. The overall fluctuation rate was 10.4%, a decrease of 2.8 percentage points compared with the previous year. This figure includes all employer- and employee-driven terminations, retirements and deaths. This shows that we were again successful in retaining staff in the company for long periods. Our workforce includes only a small number of employees on temporary contracts (4.4%) and hardly any temporary employees from staffing agencies. Bayer uses temporary personnel from staffing agencies primarily in response to short-term personnel requirements, fluctuations in order levels, temporary projects or long-term illness.

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Employees1 by Employment Status, Region and Gender 2017

 

 

Permanent employees

 

Temporary employees

 

 

Women

Men

Total

 

Women

Men

Total

1

The number of employees on either permanent or temporary contracts is stated in full-time equivalents (FTE). Part-time employees are included on a prorated basis in line with their contractual working hours.

Europe / Middle East / Africa

 

20,209

29,449

49,658

 

1,156

1,566

2,722

North America

 

5,532

7,238

12,770

 

88

143

231

Asia / Pacific

 

8,488

13,577

22,065

 

270

517

787

Latin America

 

4,197

6,731

10,928

 

158

501

659

Total

 

38,426

56,995

95,421

 

1,672

2,727

4,399

The next table contains further information on the breakdown of employee fluctuation by region, gender and age.

Employee Fluctuation1 by Region, Gender and Age

 

 

Europe / Middle East / Africa

 

North America

 

Asia / Pacific

 

Latin America

 

Total

 

 

2016

2017

 

2016

2017

 

2016

2017

 

2016

2017

 

2016

2017

 

 

%

%

 

%

%

 

%

%

 

%

%

 

%

%

2016 figures restated

1

The data include all employer- and employee-driven terminations, retirements and deaths.

2

The comparatively high proportion of employees in the < 30 age group is due to the inclusion of employees on temporary contracts (working for 2 – 6 months of the year) and other short-term employees. It does not include apprentices.

3

The fluctuation rates for the >= 50 age group are mainly due to retirements.

Women

 

9.8

7.9

 

16.0

10.7

 

18.3

14.2

 

16.3

12.3

 

13.3

10.1

< 302

 

18.4

17.9

 

18.3

16.9

 

21.2

18.0

 

23.0

16.1

 

20.1

17.7

30 – 49

 

9.6

7.0

 

14.4

10.0

 

16.9

12.3

 

14.9

12.0

 

12.6

9.3

>= 503

 

6.4

5.2

 

17.7

10.4

 

19.7

17.6

 

14.3

8.6

 

10.2

7.2

Men

 

7.9

7.0

 

16.2

11.3

 

20.1

15.0

 

17.7

17.2

 

13.1

10.7

< 302

 

19.7

16.3

 

23.9

20.0

 

29.5

22.9

 

28.9

39.5

 

25.3

22.3

30 – 49

 

7.0

6.1

 

12.5

10.2

 

18.1

13.3

 

14.0

13.3

 

11.7

9.6

>= 503

 

5.9

5.7

 

19.5

11.1

 

13.4

10.5

 

21.3

12.3

 

10.0

7.5

Total

 

8.6

7.4

 

16.1

11.0

 

19.4

14.7

 

17.2

15.4

 

13.2

10.4

In Germany, temporary staff make up 2.4% of the total workforce. At our Significant locations of operation A selection of countries that accounted for more than 80% of total Bayer Group sales in 2017 (United States, Germany, China, Brazil, Japan, France, Canada, Italy, Mexico, U.K., India, Spain, Australia, Russia, Switzerland, Poland, Turkey and Argentina) , the average is 4.5%.

1 Reconciliation encompasses all business activities – especially cross-segment service functions – that are not allocated to any
of our reporting segments

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