The Group’s headcount decreased slightly by 1.1 percent compared with the year 2014. Employee figures were down in all segments except the United States. Employees in the U.S. segment rose by 11.5 percent. New staff were recruited for the retail segment as well as for customer service and HR administration. In our Europe and Systems Solutions business, the employee base decreased as a result of efficiency improvements and personnel restructuring measures. Employee numbers in the Group Headquarters & Group Services segment were down 14.7 percent year on year due to personnel restructuring measures, which included employee transfers within the Group, and the sale of the T-Online.de platform and our InteractiveMedia digital marketing company.
In combination with additional headcount data, the data on the trend in employee numbers worldwide fully covers the G4-LA1 (Employee turnover) GRI indicator. It also partially covers the S01-01 (Percentage of FTE leaving p.a.) EFFAS indicator.
Our strategy to become the leading telecommunications provider in Europe is reflected in the trend in our international employee headcount. The number of employees working at sites outside Germany has risen notably since the turn of the millennium – albeit with fluctuations in some places. Whereas 91.4 percent of company employees were working in Germany in 1998, the rate has leveled at around 50 percent since 2009. The figure for 2015 was 49.0 percent.
This data is relevant for criterion 15 (Diversity and health) of the German Sustainability Code.
The percentage of part-time employees came to around 14 percent in 2015, a slight increase year over year.
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By reporting this data, we partially cover the G4-10 GRI indicator. This data is also relevant for criteria 14 (Employee rights) and 15 (Diversity and health) of the German Sustainability Code. It is also used for reporting on the Global Compact principles 3 (Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining) and 6 (Elimination of discrimination).