Workforce growth. As of December 31, 2012, the Daimler Group employed a total of 275,087 people. Due to the significant increase in our business volumes, the workforce grew by 3,717 persons. While the number of employees in Germany decreased slightly to 166,363 (2011: 167,684), there was growth in the United States to 21,720 (2011: 20,702). At year-end, 14,610 people were employed in Brazil (2011: 14,533) and 11,286 in Japan (2011: 11,479). Our consolidated subsidiaries in China employed a total of 2,730 people at the end of last year (2011: 2,121). The number of apprentices and trainees at the Group was 8,267 (2011: 8,499). The parent company, Daimler AG, employed 149,644 people as of December 31, 2012 (2011: 148,651).
Employment at the Daimler Trucks and Daimler Financial Services divisions increased significantly in the year under review (+4% and +10% respectively). While there were slight increases compared with the end of 2011 also at Mercedes-Benz Vans (+0%) and in our sales and marketing organization (+2%), fewer people were employed by Mercedes-Benz Cars (-1%) and Daimler Buses (-3%). (See graphic 3.28) Further information on the development of employment and other personnel topics can be found in the chapter “Human Resources” of this Annual Report.
High level of profit sharing. Daimler’s Board of Management and General Works Council had agreed that there would be a high performance participation bonus for the successful year 2011. At the end of April 2012, an amount of €4,100 was paid to each eligible employee of Daimler AG. This is a clear sign of recognition of our employees’ hard work and commitment.
Despite the worsening economic environment, the year 2012 also drew to a successful conclusion. Therefore, the eligible employees of Daimler AG in Germany will once again be rewarded with a fair and appropriate performance participation bonus. We will inform of the exact level of that bonus as soon as the Board of Management and the Group Works Council have decided on criteria for the performance participation bonus with long-term validity. The payout is planned for April 2013 as usual.
Average age at prior-year level. The average age of our employees worldwide in 2012 was 41.9 (2011: 41.9). In Germany, the average age of the employees was 43.1 (2011: 43.0). In our core workforce in Germany, the proportion of employees who are 50 or over is currently 30%. That proportion can increase to approximately 50% in the next ten years. This demographic trend will be accelerated by wage-tariff and statutory conditions such as retirement at the age of 67.
In order to meet the challenges presented by this demographic development, we have firmly anchored generation management in our human resources strategy. The management of an aging workforce requires on the one hand workplaces appropriate for older people, and on the other hand the safeguarding of our employees’ knowledge and experience.
Employees’ average period at the Group and proportion of women in management positions. The average period for which Daimler employees have been at the Group was close to the prior-year level at 15.8 years in 2012 (2011: 15.9). At the end of the year, Daimler Group employees in Germany had been with us for an average of 18.8 years (2011: 18.8); the average for employees of Daimler AG was 19.1 years (2011: 19.0). The average period for our employees outside Germany was 11.0 years (2011: 11.2). Women accounted for 14.4% of the total workforce of Daimler AG at the end of 2012 (2011: 13.9%). In management positions of Levels 1 to 4, the proportion of women increased from last year’s 12.4% to 13.4%.