The proportion of civil servants employed in the company fell once again in 2016. The reason for this is that Deutsche Telekom has not recruited any new civil servant staff since the company was privatized. In addition to civil servants leaving the company when they reach retirement age, others also took advantage of early retirement or moved to other agencies. This led to a continuous drop in the number of civil servants in our workforce.
In combination with additional headcount data, the data on the percentage of civil servants in the workforce fully covers the G4-LA1 (Employee turnover) GRI indicator.
Personnel service provider Telekom Placement Services continued to support the Group in its workforce restructuring efforts in the year 2016. Since its creation, Telekom Placement Services has opened up new professional prospects for more than 48,000 employees – increasingly in the public sector such as, for instance, at BAMF, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. 400 civil servants were seconded to BAMF in the reporting year to provide support for refugee relief work, including the processing of asylum claims. In fact, Deutsche Telekom employees are now working at more than 50 percent of the BAMF offices throughout Germany.
In addition, in 2016 we were once again able to offer internal employment options to employees in units with surplus staff. In the reporting year alone, over 1,200 employees had been transferred to new positions inside the Group by December 31, 2016.
In combination with additional headcount data, the data on the trend in employee numbers at Vivento fully covers the G4-LA1 (Employee turnover) GRI indicator.
We continued our efforts to engage in socially acceptable staff restructuring in 2015. We use internationally proven tools giving employees the option to voluntarily leave the company as part of this process. This is the first year we are reporting Group-wide numbers.
This data is relevant for criteria 6 (Rules and Processes) and 14 (Employment Rights) of the German Sustainability Code.