XLS

Total number of employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2014

 

20151

 

2016

 

2017
The Group

 

2017
thereof Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

1

Includes Sigma-Aldrich as of 2015

 

 

Total number of employees

 

39,639

 

49,613

 

50,414

 

52,941

 

10,677

Men

 

23,273

 

28,997

 

28,848

 

30,083

 

6,779

Women

 

16,366

 

20,616

 

21,566

 

22,858

 

3,898

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Number of employees by hierarchical level1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2014

 

20152

 

20162

 

2017
The Group2

 

2017
thereof Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

1

In 2017, we switched our job architecture from a Global Grading System to Roles. Figures have been retroactively adjusted for previous years.

2

From 2015 on, these figures include Sigma-Aldrich, however as of Dec. 31, 2017 the job grading system had not yet been implemented for employees of Sigma-Aldrich legal entities in Germany, or for employees of Allergopharma. These employees are included under “thereof other employees (Role 3 and below)”.

Total employees

 

39,639

 

49,613

 

50,414

 

52,941

 

10,677

Senior management (Role 6+)

 

118

 

146

 

181

 

197

 

90

Middle management (Role 4 & 5)

 

1,973

 

2,211

 

2,685

 

2,927

 

1,037

Low management (Role 3)

 

6,109

 

6,622

 

8,139

 

8,904

 

2,451

Other employees (below Role 3)

 

31,439

 

40,634

 

39,409

 

40,913

 

7,099

% of women (total)

 

41

 

41

 

43

 

43

 

37

thereof in senior management (Role 6+)

 

20

 

21

 

25

 

30

 

16

thereof in middle management (Role 4 & 5)

 

539

 

611

 

805

 

917

 

319

thereof in low management (Role 3)

 

2,385

 

2,636

 

3,361

 

3,714

 

950

thereof other employees (below Role 3)

 

13,422

 

17,348

 

17,375

 

18,197

 

2,613

% of men (total)

 

59

 

59

 

57

 

57

 

63

thereof in senior management (Role 6+)

 

98

 

125

 

156

 

167

 

74

thereof in middle management (Role 4 & 5)

 

1,434

 

1,600

 

1,880

 

2,010

 

718

thereof in low management (Role 3)

 

3,724

 

3,986

 

4,778

 

5,190

 

1,501

thereof other employees (below Role 3)

 

18,017

 

23,286

 

22,034

 

22,716

 

4,486

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by age group
Up to 29 years old (%)

 

15

 

15

 

15

 

15

 

15

thereof in senior management (Role 6+)

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

thereof in middle management (Role 4 & 5)

 

6

 

5

 

7

 

3

 

3

thereof in low management (Role 3)

 

127

 

130

 

183

 

194

 

100

thereof other employees (below Role 3)

 

5,750

 

7,424

 

7,229

 

7,479

 

1,486

30 to 49 years old (%)

 

64

 

64

 

62

 

62

 

55

thereof in senior management (Role 6+)

 

64

 

68

 

76

 

72

 

33

thereof in middle management (Role 4 & 5)

 

1,264

 

1,407

 

1,670

 

1,782

 

648

thereof in low management (Role 3)

 

4,424

 

4,770

 

5,784

 

6,308

 

1,670

thereof other employees (below Role 3)

 

19,703

 

24,815

 

23,996

 

24,733

 

3,487

50 years or older (%)

 

21

 

21

 

23

 

23

 

30

thereof in senior management (Role 6+)

 

54

 

78

 

105

 

125

 

57

thereof in middle management (Role 4 & 5)

 

703

 

799

 

1,008

 

1,142

 

386

thereof in low management (Role 3)

 

1,558

 

1,722

 

2,172

 

2,402

 

681

thereof other employees (below Role 3)

 

5,986

 

8,395

 

8,184

 

8,701

 

2,126

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Average number of employees by functional area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average number of employees

 

20141

 

20152

 

20162

 

20172

1

Average headcount (HC) 2014 is calculated based on the End HC of the last 5 quarters divided by 5.

2

The average employee headcount for 2015 through 2017 is calculated by adding up all employees at the end of each of the last 13 months, and dividing this total by 13. Employees of Sigma-Aldrich, a company acquired in November 2015, are only included in the employee headcount calculations as of November 2015.

3

In conjunction with the new job architecture implemented in 2017, some functional areas have been renamed and reorganized. Due to the new structure from 2017 on, it will only be possible to deliver a limited trend forecast in a year-on-year comparison.

Group

 

38,930

 

41,511

 

50,439

 

52,053

Thereof women

 

16,110

 

17,180

 

21,136

 

22,353

Production

 

10,176

 

11,563

 

14,829

 

15,571

Thereof women

 

3,202

 

3,642

 

4,698

 

5,059

Logistics/ Supply Chain3

 

2,207

 

2,581

 

3,955

 

3,729

Thereof women

 

774

 

913

 

1,459

 

1,442

Marketing and Sales/ Commercials3

 

12,113

 

12,871

 

14,887

 

15,115

Thereof women

 

4,814

 

5,204

 

6,401

 

6,609

Administration

 

6,342

 

6,763

 

8,190

 

9,286

Thereof women

 

3,557

 

3,757

 

4,421

 

4,798

Research and Development

 

4,738

 

5,097

 

6,249

 

6,789

Thereof women

 

2,534

 

2,674

 

3,274

 

3,591

Infrastructure and Other

 

3,354

 

2,636

 

2,329

 

1,564

Thereof women

 

1,230

 

990

 

883

 

854

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Number of employees by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


As of Dec. 31

 

2014

 

20151

 

2016

 

2017
The Group

 

2017
thereof Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

1

Includes Sigma-Aldrich as of 2015

 

 

Total

 

39,639

 

49,613

 

50,414

 

52,941

 

10,677

Europe

 

20,537

 

23,429

 

24,438

 

25,980

 

10,677

women

 

8,893

 

10,316

 

10,884

 

11,627

 

3,898

women (%)

 

43

 

44

 

45

 

45

 

37

Number of employees with temporary contracts

 

906

 

1,079

 

1,031

 

1,279

 

513

% of employees with temporary contracts

 

4

 

5

 

4

 

5

 

5

North America

 

5,092

 

9,794

 

10,037

 

10,520

 

0

women

 

2,272

 

4,183

 

4,308

 

4,518

 

not applicable

women (%)

 

45

 

43

 

43

 

43

 

not applicable

Number of employees with temporary contracts

 

18

 

22

 

122

 

138

 

not applicable

% of employees with temporary contracts

 

0.4

 

0.2

 

1

 

1

 

not applicable

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

9,488

 

11,096

 

10,754

 

11,294

 

0

women

 

3,176

 

3,706

 

3,981

 

4,298

 

not applicable

women (%)

 

33

 

33

 

37

 

38

 

not applicable

Number of employees with temporary contracts

 

156

 

1,888

 

2,231

 

2,603

 

not applicable

% of employees with temporary contracts

 

2

 

17

 

21

 

23

 

not applicable

Latin America

 

3,883

 

4,352

 

4,140

 

4,050

 

0

women

 

1,745

 

1,986

 

1,910

 

1,896

 

not applicable

women (%)

 

45

 

46

 

46

 

47

 

not applicable

Number of employees with temporary contracts

 

28

 

43

 

40

 

40

 

not applicable

% of employees with temporary contracts

 

1

 

1

 

1

 

1

 

not applicable

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

639

 

942

 

1,045

 

1,097

 

0

women

 

280

 

425

 

483

 

519

 

not applicable

women (%)

 

44

 

45

 

46

 

47

 

not applicable

Number of employees with temporary contracts

 

111

 

127

 

153

 

172

 

not applicable

% of employees with temporary contracts

 

17

 

13

 

15

 

16

 

not applicable

External contractors are currently not logged in our employee data system, nor do we currently have any plans to integrate them.

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Employees by business sector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2014

 

20151

 

2016

 

2017

1

Includes Sigma-Aldrich as of 2015

Healthcare employees

 

17,757

 

18,566

 

18,837

 

19,795

Thereof women

 

8,130

 

8,522

 

9,090

 

9,656

Thereof women (%)

 

46

 

46

 

48

 

49

Life Science employees

 

9,796

 

18,611

 

19,178

 

19,607

Thereof women

 

4,134

 

7,883

 

7,928

 

8,276

Thereof women (%)

 

42

 

42

 

41

 

42

Performance Materials employees

 

5,995

 

6,228

 

5,469

 

5,529

Thereof women

 

1,498

 

1,531

 

1,427

 

1,455

Thereof women (%)

 

25

 

25

 

26

 

26

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Employees by contract type

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2014

 

20151

 

2016

 

2017

1

Includes Sigma-Aldrich as of 2015

Total employees

 

39,639

 

49,613

 

50,414

 

52,941

Number of employees with permanent contracts

 

38,410

 

46,454

 

46,837

 

48,709

% of employees with permanent contracts

 

97

 

94

 

93

 

92

thereof women

 

15,826

 

19,034

 

19,741

 

20,741

thereof women (%)

 

41

 

41

 

42

 

43

Number of employees with temporary contracts

 

1,219

 

3,159

 

3,577

 

4,232

% of employees with temporary contracts

 

3

 

6

 

7

 

8

thereof women

 

536

 

1,563

 

1,744

 

2,117

thereof women (%)

 

44

 

49

 

49

 

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

full-time employees

 

37,573

 

47,292

 

48,056

 

50,498

% full-time

 

98

 

95

 

95

 

95

thereof women

 

14,497

 

18,557

 

19,457

 

20,677

thereof women (%)

 

39

 

39

 

40

 

41

part-time employees

 

2,066

 

2,321

 

2,358

 

2,443

% part-time

 

5

 

5

 

5

 

5

thereof women

 

1,869

 

2,059

 

2,109

 

2,181

thereof women (%)

 

90

 

89

 

89

 

89

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New employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

 

20151

 

2016

 

2017
The Group

 

2017
thereof Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

1

These figures exclude the 8,975 Sigma-Aldrich employees, who are not classified as new hires because they joined our company as part of the Sigma-Aldrich acquisition.

2

Formula for calculating the rate of new employee hires: Total number of new employee hires divided by Number of employees at the end of the fiscal year.

3

Formula for calculating the rate of new employee hires by age/gender/region: New employee hires of the focus group divided by the total number of new employee hires. In consequence of the modified calculation method and the new composition of our regions effective January 1, 2015 corresponding figures for the preceding year have been retroactively adjusted.

Total number of new employee hires

 

6,212

 

5,710

 

7,085

 

7,285

 

1,032

by age group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 29 years old

 

2,305

 

2,088

 

2,930

 

2,940

 

435

30 to 49 years old

 

3,361

 

3,252

 

3,736

 

3,848

 

543

50 or older

 

546

 

370

 

419

 

497

 

54

by gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women

 

2,513

 

2,450

 

3,388

 

3,412

 

462

Men

 

3,689

 

3,260

 

3,697

 

3,873

 

570

by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

2,312

 

2,119

 

2,689

 

3,058

 

1,032

North America

 

826

 

730

 

1,348

 

1,603

 

not applicable

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

2,298

 

1,913

 

2,201

 

1,955

 

not applicable

Latin America

 

619

 

780

 

636

 

497

 

not applicable

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

157

 

168

 

211

 

172

 

not applicable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rate of new employee hires2 (%)

 

16

 

14

 

14

 

14

 

10

by age group3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 29 years old

 

37

 

37

 

41

 

40

 

42

30 to 49 years old

 

54

 

57

 

53

 

53

 

53

50 or older

 

9

 

6

 

6

 

7

 

5

by gender3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women

 

41

 

43

 

48

 

47

 

45

Men

 

59

 

57

 

52

 

53

 

55

by region3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

37

 

37

 

38

 

42

 

100

North America

 

13

 

13

 

19

 

22

 

not applicable

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

37

 

33

 

31

 

27

 

not applicable

Latin America

 

10

 

14

 

9

 

7

 

not applicable

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

3

 

3

 

3

 

2

 

not applicable

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Staff turnover1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20142

 

20153

 

20163,4

 

2017
The Group3

 

2017
thereof Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany3

1

The table contains unadjusted turnover rates. The rate excludes employees who depart due to parental leave or a long-term illness, as well as employees who are transitioning to the non-working phase of partial retirement.

2

Employee turnover for fiscal year 2014 is calculated as follows: Total number of leavers of the past 12 months multiplied by 100 divided by the employee headcount as of December 31.

3

Employee headcount for fiscal 2015, 2016 and 2017 is calculated as follows: Total number of leavers from the past 12 months divided by the average employee headcount multiplied by 100.

4

Includes Sigma-Aldrich as of 2016

Total turnover rate

 

11.01

 

10.38

 

12.07

 

9.05

 

2.35

Turnover rate by gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

 

10.75

 

10.13

 

12.87

 

8.75

 

2.18

Women

 

11.38

 

10.73

 

10.96

 

9.46

 

2.43

Turnover rate by age group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 29 years old

 

18.71

 

17.49

 

19.20

 

13.66

 

3.51

30 to 49 years old

 

9.72

 

9.69

 

11.37

 

8.38

 

2.08

50 or older

 

9.49

 

8.08

 

9.19

 

7.87

 

2.22

Turnover rate by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

7.05

 

6.22

 

6.23

 

6.22

 

2.35

North America

 

12.45

 

12.72

 

11.50

 

11.02

 

not applicable

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

17.55

 

15.95

 

22.37

 

12.53

 

not applicable

Latin America

 

13.67

 

15.29

 

18.85

 

13.74

 

not applicable

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

13.62

 

12.00

 

10.80

 

11.22

 

not applicable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total number of leavers

 

4,364

 

4,168

 

6,087

 

4,710

 

244

by gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

 

2,502

 

2,386

 

3,771

 

2,596

 

162

Women

 

1,862

 

1,782

 

2,316

 

2,114

 

82

by age group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 29 years old

 

1,102

 

943

 

1,464

 

1,058

 

55

30 to 49 years old

 

2,474

 

2,505

 

3,589

 

2,713

 

120

50 or older

 

788

 

720

 

1,034

 

939

 

69

by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

1,447

 

1,290

 

1,490

 

1,488

 

244

North America

 

634

 

638

 

1,132

 

1,143

 

not applicable

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

1,665

 

1,540

 

2,543

 

1,387

 

not applicable

Latin America

 

531

 

618

 

814

 

570

 

not applicable

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

87

 

82

 

108

 

122

 

not applicable

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Work-related accidents1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

 

20152

 

2016

 

2017
The Group

 

2017
thereof Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

1

Including supervised workers

2

Includes Sigma-Aldrich as of 2015

3

Figure retroactively adjusted.

 

 

Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR = workplace accidents resulting in missed days of work per one million man-hours)

 

1.8

 

1.4

 

1.3

 

1.5

 

3.1

by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

2.9

 

2.6

 

2.23

 

2.4

 

3.1

North America

 

1.0

 

0.9

 

1.1

 

1.0

 

not applicable

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

0.5

 

0.3

 

0.4

 

0.3

 

not applicable

Latin America

 

1.3

 

0.7

 

0.4

 

1.3

 

not applicable

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

0.9

 

0.5

 

1.6

 

0.0

 

not applicable

Number of deaths

 

2

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

0

by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

North America

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

Latin America

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

by gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women

 

1

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

Men

 

1

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

Both our employees as well as contractors have been included in the calculation of these indicators.

Through the LTIR, we record work-related accidents that involve at least one day of missed work. A work-related accident is an injury that results from the type of work, in the course of doing said work, and that has no internal cause. Work-related accidents are considered relevant if they occur on the premises, on business trips, during goods transport, as a result of external influences (e.g. natural disasters), or due to criminal acts involving personal injury. Commuting accidents and accidents during company sporting activities are not included. First-aid incidents are generally not included in the LTIR since these usually do not result in more than one day of missed work.

By 2020, we intend to sustainably lower the LTIR to 1.5. The aim is to permanently stabilize or outperform this challenging number, which we achieved for the first time in 2015.

We have defined the as a key indicator for the Group. Therefore, we do not publish any other indicators such as workplace accidents, lost days or days of absence. The LTIR is not broken down by gender as this differentiation is not relevant to our strategic planning.

For Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (about 20% of the employees of the Group), we only report work-related illnesses if these have been diagnosed and verified by a physician. In 2017 period, no cases of work-induced illness were verified.

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Employees who regularly receive a performance and development evaluation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20141

 

20152

 

20163

 

2017
The Group

 

2017
thereof Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

1

The 2014 data is based on a reporting date of March 2, 2015.

2

The 2015 data is based on a reporting date of February 29, 2016.

3

From 2016 on, figures include Sigma-Aldrich, but as of Dec. 31 2017, the job grading system had not yet been implemented for employees of Sigma-Aldrich legal entities in Germany and of Allergopharma.

4

Figure will be available on Dec. 31, 2018.

% of employees who receive a performance and development evaluation

 

79

 

88

 

97

 

-⁴

 

-⁴

by gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women

 

84

 

90

 

97

 

-⁴

 

-⁴

Men

 

77

 

87

 

97

 

-⁴

 

-⁴

by employee category

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior management (Global Grade above 17)

 

97

 

100

 

100

 

-⁴

 

-⁴

Low and middle management (Global Grade 14–17)

 

96

 

100

 

100

 

-⁴

 

-⁴

Other employees (Global Grade below 14)

 

78

 

88

 

97

 

-⁴

 

-⁴

Regular feedback and employee performance evaluations are essential to fairly ranking individual performance and to helping all employees follow their own career path. Our globally uniform Performance and Talent Management Process requires annual feedback meetings and performance assessments for all employees rated Role 2 and up in the job grading system that was used in 2017 (corresponds to Global Grade 10 or higher in the job grading system that was used until the end of 2016). Apart from evaluating employee performance, this helps us to identify individual development opportunities.

When it comes to applying this process, our individual subsidiaries can decide for themselves whether to include employees rated below Role 2 (corresponds to 9 or lower in the job grading system that was used until the end of 2016). In Germany, all permanent employees have been participating in the Performance and Talent Management Process since 2013. In 2017, a total of 51,240 employees worldwide were involved in the process. The Performance and Talent Management Process is coordinated via our online platform HR4You.

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Internationality of employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

20141

 

20152

 

20163

 

2017
The Group3

 

2017
thereof Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

1

These figures do not include the employees of AZ Electronic Materials, a company that was acquired in July 2014. As of December 31, 2014, the job grading system had not yet been implemented there.

2

These figures do not include the employees of Sigma-Aldrich, a company that was acquired in November 2015. As of December 31, 2015, the job grading system had not yet been implemented there.

3

From 2016 on, figures include Sigma-Aldrich. However, as of Dec. 31 2017, the job grading system had not yet been implemented for employees of Sigma-Aldrich legal entities in Germany or for employees of Allergopharma.

Number of nationalities

 

122

 

122

 

129

 

131

 

97

Number of nationalities in management positions (Role 4 or above)

 

67

 

64

 

70

 

65

 

41

% of non-Germans in management positions (Role 4 or above)

 

60

 

61

 

65

 

64

 

17

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Employee age by region

As of Dec. 31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of employees

 

Worldwide

 

North America

 

Europe
(including Germany)

 

Germany

 

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

Latin America

 

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 29 years old

 

7,419

 

1,319

 

3,087

 

1,757

 

2,260

 

562

 

191

thereof women

 

3,331

 

548

 

1,470

 

695

 

922

 

312

 

79

30 to 49 years old

 

31,523

 

5,224

 

15,023

 

6,938

 

7,625

 

2,972

 

679

thereof women

 

13,849

 

2,327

 

6,985

 

2,780

 

2,817

 

1,405

 

315

50 or older

 

11,472

 

3,494

 

6,328

 

3,755

 

869

 

606

 

175

thereof women

 

4,386

 

1,433

 

2,429

 

1,333

 

242

 

193

 

89

Average age

 

41.3

 

44.3

 

42.4

 

42.9

 

36.7

 

39.9

 

39.3

Total employees

 

50,414

 

10,037

 

24,438

 

12,450

 

10,754

 

4,140

 

1,045

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 29 years old

 

7,676

 

1,438

 

3,272

 

1,589

 

2,257

 

521

 

188

thereof women

 

3,512

 

608

 

1,585

 

634

 

945

 

294

 

80

30 to 49 years old

 

32,895

 

5,465

 

15,680

 

5,838

 

8,099

 

2,913

 

738

thereof women

 

14,540

 

2,423

 

7,287

 

2,195

 

3,074

 

1,405

 

351

50 or older

 

12,370

 

3,617

 

7,028

 

3,250

 

938

 

616

 

171

thereof women

 

4,806

 

1,487

 

2,755

 

1,069

 

279

 

197

 

88

Average age

 

41.4

 

44.1

 

42.5

 

42.6

 

36.9

 

40.3

 

39.4

Total employees

 

52,941

 

10,520

 

25,980

 

10,677

 

11,294

 

4,050

 

1,097

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Age of youngest employee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2014

 

2015

 

20161

 

2017

1

Includes Sigma-Aldrich as of 2016

 

 

Age of youngest employee, excluding apprentices

 

17

 

17

 

17

 

18

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Voluntary insurance benefits (voluntarily introduced and (co-) financed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

20141

 

20151

 

2016

 

2017
The Group

 

2017
thereof Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

1

Since 2016, we’ve been reporting voluntary insurance benefits that we offer our employees. No such data was tracked for the preceding years.

2

Any spend on voluntarily introduced and (co-) financed healthcare benefits for employees and possibly their dependents. Not taking into consideration any mandatory social security cover (Mostly covered by an insurance policy).

3

Figure retroactively adjusted.

4

Any spend on voluntarily introduced and (co-) financed accident insurance that pays a defined amount in case of death or disability caused by a work-related accident (not taking into consideration any mandatory social security cover, e.g. workman's compensation).

5

Any spend on voluntarily introduced and (co-) financed life insurance cover that pays a defined amount of money in case of natural death (not accidental).

6

Any spend on voluntarily introduced and (co-) financed insurance cover that disability pays for salary continuation in case of inability to work caused by an insured incident.

% of employees with healthcare benefits2

 

 

 

683

 

68

 

0

% of employees with Group accident insurance4

 

 

 

39

 

42

 

1

% of employees with life insurance5

 

 

 

57

 

58

 

0

% of employees with disability insurance (short-term and long-term)6

 

 

 

32

 

35

 

0

All our employees are covered by either statutory or voluntary accident and health insurance. Employees of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany are covered by statutory insurance as stipulated by the regulations in force in Germany.

We offer a company pension in numerous countries along with various programs for supplemental company pensions and survivor's benefits.

The global benefits listed in the table above are designed to provide additional security to our workforce and their families and to improve their quality of life. Benefits represent voluntarily employer-initiated as well as employer-financed assistance to our workforce in addition to the regular compensation package.

Our benefits offer meaningful choices, where possible, to support a diverse workforce and are sensitive to the needs and customs of the employees who use them, regardless of country, age, family status, interests, or values.

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Long-term pension obligations and post-employment benefits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

€ million

 

2014

 

20151

 

2016

 

2017

1

Includes Sigma-Aldrich as of 2015

Present value of all defined benefit obligations as of Dec. 31

 

3,813

 

4,153

 

4,698

 

4,707

Pension expenses

 

157

 

210

 

226

 

304

Depending on the legal, economic and fiscal circumstances prevailing in each country, different retirement benefit systems are provided for the employees of the Group. Generally, these systems are based on the years of service and salaries of the employees. Pension obligations of the Group include both defined benefit and defined contribution plans and comprise both obligations from current pensions and accrued benefits for pensions payable in the future. In the Group, defined benefit plans are funded and unfunded (see our Annual Report 2017, Note on Provisions for pensions and other post-employment benefits).

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Flexible working hours in Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2014

 

2015

 

20161

 

20172

1

Includes Sigma-Aldrich as of 2016

2

Essentially reflects the figures of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

% of employees utilizing the “mywork” working model

 

31

 

35

 

36

 

40

In coordination with their teams and supervisors, employees taking advantage of the working model “mywork” can choose when and where they work.

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Parental leave in Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

20141

 

20151

 

20161

 

20172

1

Figures only pertain to the Darmstadt and Gernsheim sites in Germany (which accounted for around 20 % of the employees of the Group in 2017). Figures are calculated on the basis of the data from one entire year, which also includes those employees who took parental leave during the calendar year, but who had not returned by Dec. 31.

2

Figures only pertain to Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (which accounted for around 20 % of the employees of the Group in 2017). Figures are calculated on the basis of the data from one entire year, which also includes those employees who took parental leave during the calendar year, but who had not returned by Dec. 31.

3

Since parental leave can be taken for a period ranging from one month to three years, it is possible for employees to be recorded across a period of up to four calendar years. This explains why the number of employees on parental leave exceeds the number of employees who have a right to it.

4

Figure will be available on Dec. 31, 2018.

Number of employees with a right to parental leave

 

331

 

317

 

359

 

353

thereof women (recorded via maternity leave in the respective year)

 

165

 

149

 

191

 

151

thereof men (recorded via special paternity leave in the respective year)

 

166

 

168

 

168

 

202

Number of employees who took parental leave3

 

507

 

485

 

480

 

352

thereof women

 

349

 

301

 

303

 

150

thereof men

 

158

 

184

 

177

 

202

Number of employees on parental leave who worked part time during their leave

 

99

 

102

 

102

 

49

thereof women

 

94

 

99

 

95

 

47

thereof men

 

5

 

3

 

7

 

2

Number of employees who returned from parental leave

 

187

 

183

 

174

 

312

thereof women

 

83

 

51

 

62

 

143

thereof men

 

104

 

132

 

112

 

169

Return to work rate (%)

 

36.9

 

37.7

 

36.3

 

88.6

thereof women

 

23.8

 

16.9

 

20.5

 

95.3

thereof men

 

65.8

 

71.7

 

63.3

 

83.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of employees still working for the Group one year after their return from parental leave

 

137

 

184

 

190

 

4

thereof women

 

35

 

55

 

73

 

4

thereof men

 

102

 

129

 

117

 

4

Retention rate (%)

 

90.7

 

96.8

 

95.6

 

4

thereof women

 

58.3

 

98.2

 

93.8

 

4

thereof men

 

112.1

 

96.3

 

96.8

 

4

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Employees with disabilities1 (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2014

 

2015

 

2016

 

2017

1

Only pertains to Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (which accounted for around 20% of the employees of the Group in 2017, calculations based on the German Social Code IX - SGB IX).

Employees with disabilities1

 

4.7

 

4.7

 

4.5

 

4.3

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Apprentices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

20141

 

20152

 

20163

 

20173

1

Only pertains to Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany sites in Darmstadt, Gernsheim and Grafing, Germany (which accounted for roughly 24% of the employees of the Group in 2014).

2

Only pertains to Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (roughly 19% of the total employee headcount of the Group in 2015).

3

Only pertains to sites in Germany (approximately 25% of the Group's total workforce in 2016 and 2017). Essentially reflects the figures of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Number of apprentices

 

498

 

506

 

576

 

588

% of apprentices

 

5.4

 

5.3

 

4.6

 

4.4

LTIR
The lost time injury rate measures the number of accidents resulting in missed days of work (one or more days) per one million man-hours.
Global Grade
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany uses a market-oriented system to rate positions within the company. Until the end of 2016, all positions within the company were assigned a Global Grade. In 2017, we replaced this system so that each position is now assigned a role.

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