Employment Trends
Employee turnover

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Decrease in group-wide turnover rate

The rate of employee turnover in the Wienerberger Group continued to decline from 9.1% in 2013 to 8.4% in 2014. As in previous years, due to specific local legal frameworks, the figures of the North America Division are not fully comparable and therefore have not been included.

Lower employee turnover in almost all operating segments

We are happy to report that employee turnover decreased in almost all operating segments. One of the few exceptions was the Western Europe segment of the Pipes & Pavers Division, where a restructuring measure at Steinzeug-Keramo led to an increase in employee turnover from 5.6% in 2013 to 8.5% in 2014. In the Holding & Others Division with its lean structures, even a single person joining or leaving the company has a major impact on the turnover rate. The average length of service remains high at 13 years. We regard this as a strong vote of confidence by our employees for the Wienerberger Group.

Employee turnover by operating segment 1
in % 2012 2013 2014 2
  Clay Building Materials Western Europe 7.8 8.6 7.6
  Clay Building Materials Eastern Europe 16.3 9.4 7.7
Clay Building Materials Europe 10.3 8.8 7.6
  Pipes & Pavers Western Europe 7.5 5.6 8.5
  Pipes & Pavers Eastern Europe 14.5 13.2 10.8
Pipes & Pavers Europe 11.4 9.8 9.8
Holding & Others 9.3 8.5 11.1
Total excluding North America 10.6 9.1 8.4
North America 3 26.1 21.6 22.5

1 Turnover rate: ratio of persons leaving the Wienerberger Group (termination by employee or employer as well as mutually agreed termination) to average number of employees in permanent employment during the year under review, excluding temporary and agency workers as well as workers under term contracts; persons retiring or on leave do not count as persons leaving the company.
2 Excluding Tondach Gleinstätten
3 Figures not fully comparable due to special local legislation


992 employees left the company in 2014

A total of 992 employees left the company in the year under review (excl. the North America Division). Restructuring measures led to the elimination of 255 jobs in 2014. Of the remaining 737 employees who left the Wienerberger Group for other reasons, 631 were male and 106 female. A breakdown by age shows the following results: 164 of these employees were under 30 years of age; the largest number (407) was recorded in the age group of 30 to 49; 166 employees who left the company were over 50 years old.

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