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Total number of employees

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Total number of employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2017

 

2018

 

2019

 

2020
The Group

 

2020
thereof
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Total number of employees

 

52,941

 

51,749

 

57,071

 

58,127

 

8,578

Men

 

30,083

 

29,006

 

32,531

 

33,204

 

5,814

Women

 

22,858

 

22,743

 

24,540

 

24,923

 

2,764

Number of employees by hierarchical level

XLS

Number of employees by hierarchical level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

20171

 

20181

 

20192

 

2020
The Group

 

2020
thereof
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Total employees

 

52,941

 

51,749

 

57,071

 

58,127

 

8,578

Senior management (Role 6+)

 

197

 

193

 

190

 

193

 

68

Middle management (Role 4 & 5)

 

2,927

 

3,095

 

3,352

 

3,637

 

773

Low management (Role 3)

 

8,904

 

9,019

 

9,499

 

10,286

 

2,024

Other employees (below Role 3)

 

40,913

 

39,442

 

44,030

 

44,011

 

5,713

% of women (total)

 

43

 

44

 

43

 

43

 

32

thereof in senior management (Role 6+)

 

30

 

36

 

39

 

42

 

15

thereof in middle management (Role 4 & 5)

 

917

 

1,025

 

1,146

 

1,284

 

228

thereof in low management (Role 3)

 

3,714

 

3,795

 

4,029

 

4,352

 

703

thereof other employees (below Role 3)

 

18,197

 

17,888

 

19,326

 

19,245

 

1,818

% of men (total)

 

57

 

56

 

57

 

57

 

68

thereof in senior management (Role 6+)

 

167

 

157

 

151

 

151

 

53

thereof in middle management (Role 4 & 5)

 

2,010

 

2,070

 

2,206

 

2,353

 

545

thereof in low management (Role 3)

 

5,190

 

5,224

 

5,470

 

5,934

 

1,321

thereof other employees (below Role 3)

 

22,716

 

21,554

 

24,704

 

24,766

 

3,895

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by age group
Up to 29 years old (%)

 

15

 

15

 

15

 

15

 

14

thereof in senior management (Role 6+)

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

thereof in middle management (Role 4 & 5)

 

3

 

5

 

8

 

6

 

1

thereof in low management (Role 3)

 

194

 

211

 

190

 

199

 

64

thereof other employees (below Role 3)

 

7,479

 

7,279

 

8,362

 

8,365

 

1,096

30 to 49 years old (%)

 

62

 

61

 

60

 

60

 

52

thereof in senior management (Role 6+)

 

72

 

69

 

69

 

68

 

29

thereof in middle management (Role 4 & 5)

 

1,782

 

1,829

 

1,933

 

2,032

 

460

thereof in low management (Role 3)

 

6,308

 

6,206

 

6,516

 

6,926

 

1,280

thereof other employees (below Role 3)

 

24,733

 

23,536

 

25,859

 

25,948

 

2,689

50 years or older (%)

 

23

 

24

 

25

 

25

 

34

thereof in senior management (Role 6+)

 

125

 

124

 

121

 

125

 

39

thereof in middle management (Role 4 & 5)

 

1,142

 

1,261

 

1,411

 

1,599

 

312

thereof in low management (Role 3)

 

2,402

 

2,602

 

2,793

 

3,161

 

680

thereof other employees (below Role 3)

 

8,701

 

8,627

 

9,809

 

9,698

 

1,928

1

In 2017 and 2018 the position assessment had not yet been carried out for employees of all Sigma-Aldrich legal entities in Germany, or for employees of Allergopharma. In the facts and figures, these employees are included under “other employees (below Role 3)”.

2

In 2019, the position assessment had not yet been carried out for employees of Versum Materials as well as of Allergopharma. In the figures, employees whose positions have not been assessed have been allocated to “other employees (below Role 3)”.

Average number of employees by functional area

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Average number of employees by functional area1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

 

20182

 

20193

 

20204

Group

 

52,053

 

53,809

 

53,645

 

57,612

thereof women

 

22,353

 

23,388

 

23,503

 

24,746

Production

 

15,571

 

16,240

 

16,455

 

17,624

thereof women

 

5,059

 

5,359

 

5,529

 

6,043

Logistics/Supply Chain

 

3,729

 

4,014

 

4,109

 

4,298

thereof women

 

1,442

 

1,569

 

1,626

 

1,734

Marketing and Sales/Commercials

 

15,115

 

15,479

 

13,970

 

14,127

thereof women

 

6,609

 

6,981

 

6,608

 

6,787

Administration

 

9,286

 

9,864

 

10,342

 

11,342

thereof women

 

4,798

 

5,067

 

5,194

 

5,499

Research and Development

 

6,789

 

7,245

 

7,561

 

7,504

thereof women

 

3,591

 

3,871

 

4,053

 

3,996

Infrastructure and Other

 

1,564

 

966

 

1,208

 

2,717

thereof women

 

854

 

541

 

493

 

687

1

The average employee headcount is calculated by adding up all employees at the end of each of the last 13 months, and dividing this total by 13.

2

The average employee headcount for fiscal 2018 incorporates the Consumer Health employees on a pro rata basis up until the end of November 2018 due to the divestment of the Consumer Health business as of December 1, 2018.

3

To calculate the average number of employees in fiscal 2019, the employee headcount of Versum Materials has been included on a pro rata basis as of October 2019 owing to the acquisition. They are allocated to the functional area “Infrastructure and Other”.

4

The average employee headcount for fiscal 2020 incorporates the Allergopharma employees on a pro rata basis up until the end of March 2020 due to the divestment of the Allergopharma business as of March 31, 2020.

Number of employees by region

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Number of employees by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2017

 

2018

 

2019

 

2020
The Group

 

2020
thereof
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Total

 

52,941

 

51,749

 

57,071

 

58,127

 

8,578

Europe

 

25,980

 

25,792

 

26,715

 

26,587

 

8,578

Women

 

11,627

 

11,464

 

11,909

 

11,743

 

2,764

Women (%)

 

45

 

44

 

45

 

44

 

32

Number of employees with temporary contracts

 

1,279

 

1,209

 

1,137

 

1,105

 

285

% of employees with temporary contracts

 

5

 

5

 

4

 

4

 

3

North America

 

10,520

 

10,978

 

12,829

 

13,312

 

0

Women

 

4,518

 

4,742

 

5,285

 

5,527

 

not applicable

Women (%)

 

43

 

43

 

41

 

42

 

not applicable

Number of employees with temporary contracts

 

138

 

148

 

158¹

 

139

 

not applicable

% of employees with temporary contracts

 

1

 

1

 

 

1

 

not applicable

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

11,294

 

10,486

 

12,728

 

13,518

 

0

Women

 

4,298

 

4,348

 

5,049

 

5,425

 

not applicable

Women (%)

 

38

 

41

 

40

 

40

 

not applicable

Number of employees with temporary contracts

 

2,603

 

2,846

 

3,263¹

 

3,362

 

not applicable

% of employees with temporary contracts

 

23

 

27

 

26¹

 

25

 

not applicable

Latin America

 

4,050

 

3,340

 

3,433

 

3,387

 

0

Women

 

1,896

 

1,648

 

1,690

 

1,630

 

not applicable

Women (%)

 

47

 

49

 

49

 

48

 

not applicable

Number of employees with temporary contracts

 

40

 

62

 

55

 

67

 

not applicable

% of employees with temporary contracts

 

1

 

2

 

2

 

2

 

not applicable

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

1,097

 

1,153

 

1,366

 

1,323

 

0

Women

 

519

 

541

 

607

 

598

 

not applicable

Women (%)

 

47

 

47

 

44

 

45

 

not applicable

Number of employees with temporary contracts

 

172

 

189

 

182

 

420

 

not applicable

% of employees with temporary contracts

 

16

 

16

 

13

 

32

 

not applicable

1

Employees whose contract type had not yet been recorded in our database by December 31, 2019 were divided up proportionally between the categories “Employees with permanent contracts” and “Employees with temporary contracts”.

Employees by business sector

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Employees by business sector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2017

 

2018

 

2019

 

2020

Healthcare employees

 

19,795

 

17,456

 

18,136

 

17,463

thereof women

 

9,656

 

8,884

 

9,232

 

8,788

thereof women (%)

 

49

 

51

 

51

 

50

Life Science employees

 

19,607

 

20,667

 

21,934

 

23,196

thereof women

 

8,276

 

8,837

 

9,487

 

10,175

thereof women (%)

 

42

 

43

 

43

 

44

Performance Materials employees

 

5,529

 

5,278

 

7,329

 

7,228

thereof women

 

1,455

 

1,411

 

1,712

 

1,666

thereof women (%)

 

26

 

27

 

23

 

23

Employees by contract type

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Employees by contract type

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2017

 

2018

 

2019

 

2020

Total employees

 

52,941

 

51,749

 

57,071

 

58,127

Number of employees with permanent contracts

 

48,709

 

47,295

 

52,276¹

 

53,034

% of employees with permanent contracts

 

92

 

91

 

92¹

 

91

thereof women

 

20,741

 

20,545

 

22,237¹

 

22,500

thereof women (%)

 

43

 

43

 

43¹

 

42

Number of employees with temporary contracts

 

4,232

 

4,454

 

4,795¹

 

5,093

% of employees with temporary contracts

 

8

 

9

 

 

9

thereof women

 

2,117

 

2,198

 

2,303¹

 

2,423

thereof women (%)

 

50

 

49

 

48¹

 

48

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

full-time employees

 

50,498

 

49,273

 

54,265

 

55,220

% full-time

 

95

 

95

 

95

 

95

thereof women

 

20,677

 

20,577

 

22,208

 

22,572

thereof women (%)

 

41

 

42

 

41

 

41

part-time employees

 

2,443

 

2,476

 

2,806

 

2,907

% part-time

 

5

 

5

 

5

 

5

thereof women

 

2,181

 

2,166

 

2,332

 

2,351

thereof women (%)

 

89

 

87

 

83

 

81

1

Employees whose contract type had not yet been recorded in our database by December 31, 2019 were divided up proportionally between the categories “employees with permanent contracts” and “employees with temporary contracts”.

New employees

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New employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2017

 

2018

 

20191

 

2020
The Group

 

2020
thereof
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Total number of new employee hires

 

7,285

 

7,129

 

7,924

 

6,669

 

500

by age group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

up to 29 years old

 

2,940

 

2,967

 

3,432

 

2,889

 

259

30 to 49 years old

 

3,848

 

3,728

 

4,055

 

3,347

 

223

50 or older

 

497

 

434

 

437

 

433

 

18

by gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women

 

3,412

 

3,401

 

3,622

 

3,016

 

186

Men

 

3,873

 

3,728

 

4,302

 

3,653

 

314

by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

3,058

 

2,560

 

2,529

 

2,160

 

500

North America

 

1,603

 

1,524

 

1,733

 

1,789

 

not applicable

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

1,955

 

2,222

 

2,729

 

2,206

 

not applicable

Latin America

 

497

 

583

 

578

 

396

 

not applicable

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

172

 

240

 

355

 

118

 

not applicable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rate of new employee hires2 (%)

 

14

 

14

 

14

 

11

 

6

by age group3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

up to 29 years old

 

40

 

42

 

43

 

43

 

52

30 to 49 years old

 

53

 

52

 

51

 

50

 

45

50 or older

 

7

 

6

 

6

 

7

 

3

by gender3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women

 

47

 

48

 

46

 

45

 

37

Men

 

53

 

52

 

54

 

55

 

63

by region3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

42

 

36

 

32

 

32

 

100

North America

 

22

 

21

 

22

 

27

 

not applicable

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

27

 

31

 

34

 

33

 

not applicable

Latin America

 

7

 

8

 

7

 

6

 

not applicable

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

2

 

3

 

5

 

2

 

not applicable

1

These figures exclude the approximately 2,400 Versum Materials and Intermolecular employees who are not classified as new hires because they joined our company as part of the acquisitions.

2

Formula for calculating the rate of new employee hires: Total number of new employee hires divided by number of employees at the end of the fiscal year.

3

Formula for calculating the rate of new employee hires by age/gender/region: New employee hires of the focus group divided by the total number of new employee hires.

Staff turnover

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Staff turnover1,2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

 

20183

 

2019

 

2020
The Group4

 

2020
thereof
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Total turnover rate

 

9.05

 

9.09

 

9.07

 

8.22

 

3.30

Turnover rate by gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

 

8.75

 

9.03

 

8.69

 

8.22

 

3.30

Women

 

9.46

 

9.18

 

9.54

 

8.22

 

3.29

Turnover rate by age group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 29 years old

 

13.66

 

14.24

 

13.13

 

11.30

 

3.35

30 to 49 years old

 

8.38

 

8.53

 

8.90

 

7.74

 

2.50

50 or older

 

7.87

 

7.39

 

7.03

 

7.52

 

4.48

Turnover rate by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

6.22

 

5.73

 

5.72

 

5.64

 

3.30

North America

 

11.02

 

9.90

 

11.02

 

9.79

 

not applicable

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

12.53

 

14.51

 

13.18

 

10.60

 

not applicable

Latin America

 

13.74

 

15.41

 

13.47

 

11.40

 

not applicable

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

11.22

 

9.77

 

12.14

 

11.80

 

not applicable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total number of leavers

 

4,710

 

4,613

 

4,863

 

4,721

 

281

by gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

 

2,596

 

2,578

 

2,621

 

2,697

 

191

Women

 

2,114

 

2,035

 

2,242

 

2,024

 

90

by age group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 29 years old

 

1,058

 

1,061

 

1,042

 

974

 

40

30 to 49 years old

 

2,713

 

2,649

 

2,898

 

2,677

 

110

50 or older

 

939

 

903

 

923

 

1,070

 

131

by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

1,488

 

1,457

 

1,500

 

1,490

 

281

North America

 

1,143

 

1,064

 

1,264

 

1,281

 

not applicable

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

1,387

 

1,468

 

1,484

 

1,394

 

not applicable

Latin America

 

570

 

522

 

459

 

398

 

not applicable

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

122

 

102

 

156

 

158

 

not applicable

1

The table contains unadjusted turnover rates. The rate excludes employees who depart due to parental leave or a long-term illness, as well as employees who are transitioning to the non-working phase of partial retirement.

2

Employee headcount is calculated as follows: Total number of leavers from the past 12 months divided by the average employee headcount multiplied by 100.

3

Since 2018, the figures exclude the Consumer Health business, which was divested on December 1, 2018.

4

The figures do not reflect the approximately 500 Allergopharma employees, who were not included in the employee turnover rate due to the divestment of the business.

In 2020, the average length of service for employees Group-wide was 9.6 years (2019: 9.5 years), with 16.2 years (2019: 16.3 years) for Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany employees.

Work-related accidents

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Work-related accidents1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

 

2018

 

2019

 

2020
The Group2

 

2020
thereof
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR = workplace accidents resulting in missed days of work per one million man-hours)

 

1.5

 

1.2

 

1.6³

 

1.3

 

2.9

by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

2.4

 

1.8

 

2.6³

 

2.4

 

2.9

North America

 

1.0

 

1.1

 

1.0³

 

0.7

 

not applicable

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

0.3

 

0.3

 

0.2

 

0.1

 

not applicable

Latin America

 

1.3

 

1.5

 

1.7

 

0.9

 

not applicable

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

0.0

 

0.7

 

0.0

 

0.4

 

not applicable

Number of deaths

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

North America

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

Latin America

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

by gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

Men

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

1

Including supervised workers

2

The data include the divested Allergopharma business up to March 31, 2020. See the Report profile for further information.

3

Figure retroactively adjusted

Both our employees as well as supervised workers have been included in the calculation of these indicators.

Through the LTIR, we record work-related accidents that involve at least one day of missed work. A work-related accident is an injury that results from the type of work, in the course of doing said work, and that has no internal cause. Work-related accidents are considered relevant if they occur on the premises, on business trips, during goods transport, as a result of external influences (e.g. natural disasters), or due to criminal acts involving personal injury. Commuting accidents and accidents during company sporting activities are not included. First-aid incidents are generally not included in the LTIR since these usually do not result in more than one day of missed work.

We aimed to sustainably lower our LTIR to 1.5 by 2020. In the reporting year, we succeeded in outperforming this ambitious figure, which we achieved for the first time in 2015.

The LTIR is the key occupational safety indicator for the Group as a whole. Therefore, we do not publish any other indicators such as workplace accidents, lost days or days of absence. The LTIR is not broken down by gender as this differentiation is not relevant to our strategic planning.

For Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (about 15% of the employees of the Group), we only report work-related illnesses if these have been certified as an occupational illness by the employers’ liability insurance association. In 2020, no cases of work-induced illness were verified.

Employees who regularly receive a performance and development evaluation

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Employees who regularly receive a performance and development evaluation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20171

 

20181,2

 

2019

 

2020
The Group

 

2020
thereof
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

% of employees who receive a performance and development evaluation

 

97

 

98

 

98

 

98

 

100

by gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women

 

97

 

99

 

98

 

98

 

100

Men

 

97

 

98

 

98

 

98

 

100

by employee category

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior management (Role 6+)

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

Middle management (Role 4 & 5)

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

Low management (Role 3)

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

Other employees (below Role 3)

 

96

 

98

 

98

 

98

 

100

1

In 2017 and 2018 the position assessment had not yet been carried out for employees of all Sigma-Aldrich legal entities in Germany, or for employees of Allergopharma. In the facts and figures, these employees are included under “other employees (below Role 3)”.

2

Since 2018, the figures exclude the Consumer Health business, which was divested on December 1, 2018.

Regular feedback and employee performance evaluations are essential to fairly ranking individual performance and to helping all employees follow their own career path at our company. Our globally uniform Performance and Talent Management Process requires annual feedback meetings and performance assessments. Apart from evaluating employee performance, this helps us to identify individual development opportunities.

In Germany, all permanent employees have been participating in the Performance and Talent Management Process since 2013. In 2020, a total of 56,922 employees worldwide were involved in the process. The Performance and Talent Management Process is coordinated via our online platform HR4You.

Internationality of employees

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Internationality of employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

20171

 

20181

 

20192

 

2020
The Group

 

2020
thereof
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Number of nationalities

 

131

 

136

 

139

 

141

 

87

Number of nationalities in management positions (Role 4 or above)

 

65

 

70

 

73

 

75

 

35

% of non-Germans in management positions (Role 4 or above)

 

64

 

64

 

64

 

66

 

11

1

In 2017 and 2018 the position assessment had not yet been carried out for employees of all Sigma-Aldrich legal entities in Germany, or for employees of Allergopharma.

2

In 2019, the position assessment had not yet been carried out for employees of Versum Materials as well as of Allergopharma.

Employee age by region

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Employee age by region

As of Dec. 31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of employees

 

Worldwide

 

North America

 

Europe
(including Germany)

 

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

 

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

Latin America

 

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 29 years old

 

8,560

 

1,829

 

3,282

 

1,208

 

2,713

 

498

 

238

thereof women

 

3,983

 

773

 

1,595

 

440

 

1,225

 

289

 

101

30 to 49 years old

 

34,377

 

6,441

 

15,540

 

4,355

 

9,067

 

2,373

 

956

thereof women

 

15,076

 

2,733

 

7,191

 

1,465

 

3,531

 

1,200

 

421

50 or older

 

14,134

 

4,559

 

7,893

 

2,911

 

948

 

562

 

172

thereof women

 

5,481

 

1,779

 

3,123

 

814

 

293

 

201

 

85

Average age

 

41.7

 

44.4

 

43.0

 

43.4

 

36.8

 

40.3

 

38.6

Total employees

 

57,071

 

12,829

 

26,715

 

8,474

 

12,728

 

3,433

 

1,366

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 29 years old

 

8,570

 

1,906

 

3,193

 

1,161

 

2,800

 

472

 

199

thereof women

 

4,018

 

825

 

1,525

 

420

 

1,307

 

260

 

101

30 to 49 years old

 

34,974

 

6,615

 

15,416

 

4,458

 

9,669

 

2,323

 

951

thereof women

 

15,268

 

2,841

 

7,076

 

1,505

 

3,776

 

1,161

 

414

50 or older

 

14,583

 

4,791

 

7,978

 

2,959

 

1,049

 

592

 

173

thereof women

 

5,637

 

1,861

 

3,142

 

839

 

342

 

209

 

83

Average age

 

41.7

 

44.4

 

43.1

 

43.4

 

37.0

 

40.7

 

39.1

Total employees

 

58,127

 

13,312

 

26,587

 

8,578

 

13,518

 

3,387

 

1,323

Age of youngest employee

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Age of youngest employee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2017

 

2018

 

2019

 

2020

Age of youngest employee, excluding apprentices

 

18

 

17

 

18

 

18

Voluntary insurance benefits

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Voluntary insurance benefits (voluntarily introduced and (co-) financed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2017

 

2018

 

20191

 

2020
The Group1

 

2020
thereof
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

% of employees with healthcare benefits2

 

68

 

67

 

68

 

63

 

0

% of employees with Group accident insurance3

 

42

 

39

 

36

 

41

 

4

% of employees with life insurance4

 

58

 

58

 

58

 

56

 

0

% of employees with disability insurance (short-term and long-term)5

 

35

 

37

 

39

 

39

 

0

1

The figures exclude Versum Materials and Intermolecular since the integration process is still underway. For more information, see report profile.

2

Any spend on voluntarily introduced and (co-) financed healthcare benefits for employees and possibly their dependents. Not taking into consideration any mandatory social security cover (mostly covered by an insurance policy).

3

Any spend on voluntarily introduced and (co-) financed accident insurance that pays a defined amount in case of death or disability caused by a work-related accident (not taking into consideration any mandatory social security cover, e.g. workman's compensation).

4

Any spend on voluntarily introduced and (co-) financed life insurance cover that pays a defined amount of money in case of natural death (not accidental).

5

Any spend on voluntarily introduced and (co-) financed insurance cover that disability pays for salary continuation in case of inability to work caused by an insured incident.

All our employees are covered by either statutory or voluntary accident and health insurance. Employees of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany are covered by statutory insurance as stipulated by the regulations in force in Germany.

We offer a company pension in numerous countries along with various programs for supplemental company pensions and survivor’s benefits.

The global benefits listed in the table above are designed to provide additional security to our workforce and their families and to improve their quality of life. Benefits represent voluntarily employer-initiated as well as employer-financed assistance to our workforce in addition to the regular compensation package.

Our benefits offer meaningful choices, where possible, to support a diverse workforce and are sensitive to the needs and customs of the employees who use them, regardless of country, age, family status, interests, or values.

Long-term pension obligations and post-employment benefits

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Long-term pension obligations and post-employment benefits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

€ million

 

2017

 

2018

 

2019

 

2020

Present value of all defined benefit obligations as of Dec. 31

 

4,707

 

4,719

 

5,644

 

6,352

Pension expenses

 

304

 

319

 

357

 

408

Depending on the legal, economic and fiscal circumstances prevailing in each country, different retirement benefit systems are provided for the employees of the Group. Generally, these systems are based on the years of service and salaries of the employees. Pension obligations of the Group include both defined benefit and defined contribution plans and comprise both obligations from current pensions and accrued benefits for pensions payable in the future. In the Group, defined benefit plans are funded and unfunded (see our Annual Report 2020, Note on Provisions for pensions and other post-employment benefits).

Flexible working hours in Germany

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Flexible working hours in Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2017

 

2018

 

2019

 

2020

% of employees utilizing the “mywork programme” working model

 

40

 

42

 

43

 

48

In coordination with their teams and supervisors, employees taking advantage of “mywork” can choose when and where they work.

For more information on flexible working models during Covid-19, see Work-life balance chapter.

Parental leave

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Parental leave1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2017

 

2018

 

2019

 

2020

Number of employees with a right to parental leave

 

353

 

308

 

375

 

351

thereof women (recorded via maternity leave in the respective year)

 

151

 

188

 

239

 

225

thereof men (recorded via special paternity leave in the respective year)

 

202

 

120

 

136

 

126

Number of employees who took parental leave2

 

352

 

500

 

542

 

538

thereof women

 

150

 

240

 

248

 

265

thereof men

 

202

 

260

 

294

 

273

Number of employees on parental leave who worked part time during their leave

 

49

 

128

 

164

 

104

thereof women

 

47

 

109

 

140

 

73

thereof men

 

2

 

19

 

24

 

31

Number of employees who returned from parental leave2

 

312

 

312

 

536

 

529

thereof women

 

143

 

65

 

243

 

252

thereof men

 

169

 

247

 

293

 

277

Return to work rate (%)

 

88.6

 

62.4

 

98.9

 

98.3

thereof women

 

95.3

 

27.1

 

98.0

 

95.1

thereof men

 

83.7

 

95.0

 

99.7

 

101.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of employees still working for the Group one year after their return from parental leave

 

238

 

268

 

496

 

-3

thereof women

 

89

 

26

 

218

 

-3

thereof men

 

149

 

242

 

278

 

-3

Retention rate (%)

 

89.8

 

93.1

 

92,5

 

-3

thereof women

 

85.6

 

63.4

 

89,7

 

-3

thereof men

 

92.5

 

97.9

 

94,9

 

-3

1

Figures pertain only to Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (which accounted for around 15% in 2020). Figures are calculated on the basis of the data from one entire year, which also includes those employees who took parental leave during the calendar year but who had not yet returned by Dec. 31.

2

Since parental leave can be taken for a period ranging from one month to three years, it is possible for employees to be recorded across a period of up to four calendar years. This explains why the number of employees on parental leave exceeds the number of employees who have a right to it. It also explains why the “Number of employees who returned from parental leave” might exceed the “Number of employees who took parental leave”.

3

Figure will be available on December 31, 2021.

Employees with disabilities

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Employees with disabilities1 (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2017

 

2018

 

2019

 

2020

Employees with disabilities

 

4.3

 

4.3

 

4.4

 

4.7

1

Only pertains to Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (which accounted for around 15% of the Group employees in 2020, calculations based on the German Social Code IX - SGB IX).

Apprentices in Germany

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Apprentices in Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Dec. 31

 

2017

 

2018

 

2019

 

2020

Number of apprentices

 

588

 

604

 

589

 

607

% of apprentices

 

4.4

 

4.5

 

4.3

 

4.6

Information

The current Sustainability Report 2021 can be found here.