Employment | 401-1

New employee hires and employee turnover

The number of employees for the 2019 fiscal year increased by 6.6 % from the end of 2018. This reflects the organic growth of our business as well as the acquisition of the US company ADF/IDF with nearly 500 employees (see the following table).

The global fluctuation rate at Symrise is 5.6 %. At the same time, significant differences can be observed among the individual countries. While in Germany the fluctuation rate amounts to only 2.2 %, it is relatively high in countries like India or China with about 6 %, but at the same time also typical for these rapidly developing countries.

Employee Turnover by Region and Gender *

2016 2017 2018
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2018 2019
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2019
REGION
Germany 1.1 % 1.6 % 60 2.1 % 63 2.2 %
EAME (not including Germany) 3.1 % 4.0 % 104 4.9 % 111 4.9 %
North America 7.4 % 10.2 % 88 7.0 % 126 8.9 %
Asia/Pacific 8.8 % 7.0 % 142 9.7 % 132 8.9 %
Latin America 7.4 % 6.1 % 111 6.2 % 125 6.6 %
Total 4.8 % 5.0 % 505 5.3 % 557 5.6 %
GERMANY BY GENDER
Women 0.4 % 0.4 % 19 0.7 % 28 1.0 %
Men 0.7 % 1.2 % 41 1.4 % 35 1.2 %
Total 1.1 % 1.6 % 60 2.1 % 63 2.2 %
WORLDWIDE BY GENDER
Women 2.3 % 2.1 % 230 2.4 % 240 2.4 %
Men 2.5 % 2.9 % 275 2.9 % 304 3.0 %
Total 4.8 % 5.0 % 505 5.3 % 544 5.4 %
*Basis: Core workforce and fixed-term employees, without apprentices or Probi; figures as of December 31 of the respective year;
turnover rate = number of employee-initiated terminations x 100 divided by the annual average number of employees

Omissions:
Regarding employee turnover, we see neither gender- nor age-specific trends. The age groups affected by turnover correspond to the overall structure of our workforce. A detailed breakdown of the turnover rate by age therefore does not make sense for Symrise.

Age and gender are not deciding factors when hiring new employees. Disclosures on newly recruited employees by region, gender and age are correspondingly not material for Symrise and are not listed.