The fluctuation rate in Germany has fallen steadily since 2012. In 2015 only 880 employees gave notice to leave the company, 580 took retirement on reaching pension age or due to incapacity for work – around 24 percent fewer than in 2014. In contrast, there was a slight increase in the fluctuation rate at international level, where around 6,700 contracts were terminated by the employer or by employees. This figure is around 340 more than in 2014, an increase of 5.3 percent. The number of employees at international level who took retirement on reaching pension age or due to incapacity for work rose from 40 to around 70. Due to a simultaneous reduction in the national workforce, the fluctuation rate across the Group also rose slightly in comparison with the year before.
In combination with additional data on the number of employees, the data on the fluctuation rate fully covers the G4-LA1 (Employee turnover) GRI indicator.
The holistic perspective in personnel management provided by total workforce management allows for long-term personnel planning in terms of quality and quantity. The total workforce ratio describes the relationship between total personnel expenditure and revenue, i.e.: If the ratio has fallen in comparison with the previous year, either revenue has remained constant while total workforce costs have gone down, or revenue has increased.