Decrease in number of employees
Our employees, working in over 220 countries and territories, represent the success of Deutsche Post DHL. As at 31 December 2009, we employed 424,686 full-time equivalents, 5.9% fewer than in the previous year. The decrease was primarily due to our restructuring activities in the wake of the recession and resulted in a decline in staff costs of 7.4% to €17,021 million (previous year: €18,389 million).
|A.55 Number of employees (continuing operations)|
|of which MAIL||142,674||143,042||0.3|
|GLOBAL FORWARDING, FREIGHT||41,499||38,859||–6.4|
|of which Germany||167,816||166,880||–0.6|
|Europe (excluding Germany)||136,649||120,074||–12.1|
Average for the year
|of which hourly workers and salaried employees||456,149||435,072||–4.6|
In the MAIL division, the number of employees grew by 0.3% to 143,042. The increase was due to our employing additional temporary workers in order to reduce overtime amongst our core staff and the associated costs. Civil servants seconded to public authorities are now also included in the figure. These two factors more than offset the decrease that resulted from additional productivity increases and the reorganisation of our retail outlet network.
Compared with the previous year, the number of employees in the EXPRESS division fell by 10.9% to 96,520. This was primarily related to the restructuring of our US business. In addition, we were forced to reduce the number of employees as a consequence of the recession, particularly in Europe. In Asia, new employees joined the Group as a result of an acquisition in China.