Employees

Our employees are the basis on which the Company’s success is founded. It is thanks to their achievements, their skills, and their commitment that we command leading positions in our markets. We support our employees through numerous measures and actively promote international and interdisciplinary cooperation.

The Fresenius Group had 130,510 employees worldwide at the end of 2009, an increase of 8,293 or 7 % (December 31, 2008: 122,217). Acquisitions accounted for 3 % of the increase.

The employee numbers in the business segments were as follows:

Number of employees Dec 31, 2009 Dec 31, 2008 Change
Fresenius Medical Care 71,617 68,050 5 %
Fresenius Kabi 21,872 20,457 7 %
Fresenius Helios 33,364 30,088 11 %
Fresenius Vamed 2,849 2,802 2 %
Corporate / Other 808 820 - 1 %
Total 130,510 122,217 7 %

Number of employees Dec 31, 2009 Dec 31, 2008 Change
Fresenius Medical Care 71,617 68,050 5 %
Fresenius Kabi 21,872 20,457 7 %
Fresenius Helios 33,364 30,088 11 %
Fresenius Vamed 2,849 2,802 2 %
Corporate / Other 808 820 - 1 %
Total 130,510 122,217 7 %

At the end of 2009, there were 40,416 employees in Germany, an increase of 9 % (2008: 37,078). 90,094 employees (69 %) are employed at our foreign companies. The chart shows the distribution of our employees by region. These percentages roughly correspond to the sales contributions of the respective continents. With an increase of 7 %, the number of employees has grown significantly in Europe. This was mainly due to the hospital acquisitions at HELIOS. The number of employees also rose strongly in Asia-Pacific, with an increase of 14 %. This largely reflects our fast-growing business in this region, where sales growth was 13 % in constant currency.

Personnel expenses for the Fresenius Group were € 4,880 million in 2009 (2008: € 4,332 million), equivalent to 34.5 % of sales (2008: 35.1 %). Personnel expenses per employee were € 38.2 thousand (2008: € 36.5 thousand). There were no significant changes to compensation or employment agreements in 2009. The increase was mainly due to collectively bargained pay increases and the higher overall number of employees.

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