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Our employees’ achievements and skills are vitally important to the Company’s success. It is thanks to their expertise, experience, and commitment that all our business segments hold leading positions in their markets. We offer a variety of attractive opportunities for personnel development and work to ensure that these are effective. We also actively support international and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Fresenius Group had 178,337 employees at the end of 2013, an increase of 9,013 or 5% compared to the previous year. Organically, the number of employees increased by 2%, while acquisitions contributed 3% to this growth.

The employee numbers increased in all business segments, as the table below shows. The significant growth at Fresenius Vamed is mainly the result of the transfer of services companies from Fresenius Helios to Fresenius Vamed. At Group level, the reduction in the number of employees is primarily due to the sale of Fresenius Biotech.

At the end of 2013, there were 53,197 employees in Germany, an increase of 3% (2012: 51,791) and 30% of all employees.

Number of employeesDec. 31, 2013Dec. 31, 2012Change% of total
Fresenius Medical Care95,63790,8665%54%
Fresenius Kabi31,96130,2146%18%
Fresenius Helios42,91342,8810%24%
Fresenius Vamed7,0104,43258%4%
Corporate / Other816931-12%0%
Total178,337169,3245%100%

Number of employeesDec. 31, 2013Dec. 31, 2012Change% of total
Fresenius Medical Care95,63790,8665%54%
Fresenius Kabi31,96130,2146%18%
Fresenius Helios42,91342,8810%24%
Fresenius Vamed7,0104,43258%4%
Corporate / Other816931-12%0%
Total178,337169,3245%100%

Personnel expenses for the Fresenius Group were €7,360 million in 2013 (2012: €6,897 million), equivalent to 36.2% of sales (2012: 35.8%). The increase of 7% was mainly due to the higher overall number of employees and the collectively bargained pay increases. Personnel expenses per employee were unchanged at €42.1 thousand. In constant currency, they were €43.1 thousand and above the previous year’s level. In Germany, Fresenius companies have signed tariff agreements with IG Chemie, the Marburger Bund, as well as ver.di (labor union for services). There were no significant structural changes to compensation or employment agreements in 2013.

Fresenius values a culture of diversity. The interplay of a wide range of views, opinions, cultural backgrounds, experiences, and values helps us to achieve our full potential and contributes to our success. Key to this is our internationalism, especially in terms of our management executives.

As of December 31, 2013, the proportion of female employees within the Fresenius Group was 67%. Women held 30% of senior management positions at Fresenius, based on the number of worldwide participants in the stock option plans. Fresenius promotes the long-term, sustainable advancement of women to derive greater benefit from their potential now and in the future. We actively support women at all stages of their careers in order to increase the proportion of female employees at Fresenius. Women should be able to succeed while still maintaining a balance between work and family life. However, we do not set any fixed quotas for management positions. At Fresenius, qualifications are the only thing that matters in the selection of personnel. Consequently, women and men with comparable qualifications will continue to have the same career opportunities at Fresenius.

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