Employees


Including the vehicle-producing Chinese joint ventures, the Volkswagen Group employed a total of 368,500 people worldwide on December 31, 2009. This represents a change of –0.4% compared with the end of 2008 (369,928 employees). Volkswagen thus succeeded in maintaining employment levels constant even during the financial and economic crisis. It is thanks in particular to its flexible policy on working hours that the Company succeeded in overcoming the crisis in 2009. It enabled cuts in the core workforce to be avoided in the first quarter. There was no need to recruit additional permanent staff in the following quarters, which were characterized by high utilization.

Volkswagen’s workforce stepped up to the challenges last year posed by the fluctuations in volumes but also the over 20 start-ups, demonstrating outstanding motivation and commitment. The Group enhanced its Staff development measures in 2009 to increase the dedication and specialist expertise of employees throughout the entire Group.

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EMPLOYEE BREAKDOWN

 

 

 

 

as of December 31, 2009

 

2009

 

2008

 

2007

 

2006

 

2005

*

Excluding Scania and Audi Brussels; frequency of accidents = number of accidents at work x 1 million / number of hours worked.

Total headcount

 

368,500

 

369,928

 

329,305

 

324,875

 

344,902

Vocational trainees in the Group

 

9,846

 

9,884

 

9,302

 

9,199

 

9,001

Industrial

 

7,439

 

7,498

 

7,525

 

7,667

 

7,515

Commercial

 

2,407

 

2,386

 

1,777

 

1,532

 

1,486

Passive stage of early retirement

 

7,070

 

8,841

 

9,847

 

9,150

 

9,111

Group’s active workforce

 

351,584

 

351,203

 

310,156

 

306,526

 

326,790

Percentage of female employees
in the Group

 

14.2

 

14.0

 

13.7

 

13.9

 

12.4

Number of accidents at work*

 

1,865

 

1,819

 

1,684

 

1,713

 

2,163

Frequency of accidents*

 

4.0

 

4.0

 

4.2

 

4.5

 

5.4

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