The fluctuation rate in Germany increased again slightly, after experiencing continuous reduction until 2015. In 2018 it was 1.94% in Germany, and 9.78% at the international level. The rate has also increased slightly at Group level due to the increase in Germany, and was 5.12% in 2018.
In combination with additional data on the number of employees, the data on the fluctuation rate fully covers the GRI 401-1 (New employee hires and employee turnover) GRI indicator.
The proportion of civil servants employed in the company fell once again in 2018. 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 GRI 401-1 (New employee hires and employee turnover) GRI indicator.
Personnel service provider Telekom Placement Services continued to support the Group in its workforce restructuring efforts in the year 2018. In 2018, some 326 Deutsche Telekom civil servants opted to transfer permanently to federal, state, or local government, many of them to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, the Federal Employment Agency, the armed forces, or the Customs Office. Vivento also helped employees to find individual positions in federal, state, and local government.
Some 800 employees at Vivento Customer Services were also transferred to Telekom Service, while a further 400 or so transferred to various segments in the core business.
In combination with additional headcount data, the data on the trend in employee numbers at Vivento fully covers the GRI 401-1 (New employee hires and employee turnover) GRI indicator.
We continued our efforts to engage in socially acceptable staff restructuring in 2018. We use internationally proven tools giving employees the option to voluntarily leave the company as part of this process.
You can find further information in the HR Factbook.Reporting against standards
This data is relevant for criteria 6 (Rules and Processes) and 14 (Employment Rights) of the German Sustainability Code.