Commitment to Employees and Society

Employee Data

On December 31, 2018, Bayer employed 116,998 (2017: 99,820) people worldwide. In Germany we had 32,140 (2017: 31,620) employees, which was 27.5% of the total Bayer Group workforce (2017: 31.7%).

Headcount rose by 17.2% in 2018, with growth in all regions. This comprised an increase of around 17,200 employees, including an addition of 22,100 people through the Monsanto acquisition and the departure of around 4,700 employees through the divestments to BASF. This rise is particularly evident in our Crop Science segment, where the number of employees increased by 83.8%. The breakdown by function shows more employees working in particular in production, in marketing & distribution, and also in R&D. The proportion of women in the workforce decreased by one percentage point to 39.2%. In 2018, there was no significant change in the age structure of our employees compared with the previous year.

Restructuring measures

Sustainability and social responsibility reflect our approach to the necessary changes and restructuring measures. For example, we shall complete the worldwide reduction of around 12,000 jobs initiated in December 2018 by the end of 2021. The consequences for employees will be adapted to local laws and regulations, meaning that there might be different solutions in different countries. In all countries we aim to minimize the impact on employees and find fair solutions in cases where job cuts are necessary. In Germany, which remains the company’s largest operational base with 32,140 employees, business-related dismissals are fundamentally excluded through the end of 2025 under an agreement with the employee representatives that was concluded in December 2018.

New hires and employment status

In total, the Bayer Group hired 12,333 new employees in 2018 (accounting for 10.5% of our workforce).

New Hires – by Region

New Hires by Region (pie chart)

New Hires – by Age Group

New Hires by Age Group (pie chart)

New Hires – by Gender

New Hires by Gender (pie chart)

On the reporting date, our employees had worked for the Bayer Group for an average of 9.6 years. The rate of employee-driven terminations (voluntary fluctuation) in 2018 rose to 5.4%. The overall fluctuation rate was 14.4%, an increase of four percentage points compared with the previous year. This figure includes all employer- and employee-driven terminations, retirements and deaths. Our workforce includes only a small number of employees on temporary contracts (5.1%).

Employees1 by Employment Status and Region 2018 – Permanent Employees

Employees by Employment Status and Region 2018 – Permanent employees (pie chart)

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.

Employees1 by Employment Status and Region 2018 – Temporary Employees2

Employees by Employment Status and Region 2018 – Temporary employees (pie chart)

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.
2 Not included are fluctuations in the course of the year owing to seasonal work

Bayer uses temporary employees from staffing agencies primarily in response to short-term personnel requirements, fluctuations in order levels, temporary projects or long-term illness. In some countries, staff are employed via agencies for seasonal work. In Germany, temporary employees make up 1.6% 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 2018 (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States) , this figure is 8.1% (not including fluctuations in the course of the year owing to seasonal work).

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