Employees

Our employees are the basis on which the Company’s success is founded. It is thanks to their achievements, their skills, and their commitment that we command leading positions in our markets. We support our employees through numerous measures and actively promote international and interdisciplinary cooperation.

The Fresenius Group had 137,552 employees worldwide at the end of 2010, an increase of 7,042 or 5% (December 31, 2009: 130,510). Acquisitions contributed 2% to the increase.

The employee numbers in the business segments were as follows:

Number of employees Dec 31, 2010 Dec 31, 2009 Change
Fresenius Medical Care 77,442 71,617 8%
Fresenius Kabi 22,851 21,872 4%
Fresenius Helios 33,321 33,364 0%
Fresenius Vamed 3,110 2,849 9%
Corporate/Other 828 808 2%
Total 137,552 130,510 5%

Number of employees Dec 31, 2010 Dec 31, 2009 Change
Fresenius Medical Care 77,442 71,617 8%
Fresenius Kabi 22,851 21,872 4%
Fresenius Helios 33,321 33,364 0%
Fresenius Vamed 3,110 2,849 9%
Corporate/Other 828 808 2%
Total 137,552 130,510 5%

At the end of 2010, there were 40,823 employees (30%) in Germany, an increase of 1% (2009: 40,416). 96,729 employees (70%) are employed at our foreign companies. The pie chart shows the distribution of our employees by region. These percentages approximately correspond to the sales contributions of the respective continents. In Europe, the number of employees grew by 4%. This was mainly due to the acquisitions at Fresenius Medical Care. The number of employees also rose strongly in Asia-Pacific, with an increase of 18%, mainly due to the acquisition of the dialysis care provider Asia Renal Care.

Personnel expenses for the Fresenius Group were €5,354 million in 2010 (2009: €4,880 million), equivalent to 33.5% of sales (2009: 34.5%). Personnel expenses per employee were €39.9 thousand (2009: €38.2 thousand). The increase was mainly due to collectively bargained pay increases and the higher overall number of employees. There were no significant structural changes to compensation or employment agreements in 2010.

Fresenius takes diversity into account and furthers it. We are convinced that the potentials that make us successful can only be tapped through different perspectives, opinions, cultures, and backgrounds. One of the most important factors in this respect is the internationalism especially of our management executives. For us, diversity also means identifying and further dismantling any obstacles to the development and advancement of female employees. Considering women for vacant management positions is also an aim and is furthered through concrete measures such as flexible working hours and part-time job schemes. Nonetheless, we do not set any fixed quotas in this regard, since this would generally restrict the choice of suitable candidates. We are convinced that an open corporate culture can only function properly if all employees are recruited and furthered on equal terms. The selection of employees is always aligned to the best interests of the Company. The key criterion therefore when filling vacancies is the individual candidate’s qualification for the position.

At the top management level, based on the worldwide circle of executive officers covered by the stock option plans, the proportion of female executives at Fresenius Group is 27%.

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