As at 31 December 2017, the Messer Group had 5,675 employees, 77% of whom were male and 23% female. There were a total of 610 new entrants. A total of 2,854 employees work in the commercial areas. 300 members of staff are first- and second-tier managers – 23% of whom are female.
The number of part-time employees dropped from 140 in 2016 to 121 in 2017. The number of employees on fixed-term contracts also fell from 235 to 204. Our entire staff includes 28 people with disabilities. In total, 69 employees are actively involved in supervisory bodies.
Across the Group, the average length of service of our staff since the date of joining was 10.6 years in 2017. Total staff turnover thus increased slightly, from 5.6% to 6.9%. Likewise, the number of sick days per employee increased slightly, from 3.8 in 2016 to 4.2 in 2017. This does not include employees who have been off sick for more than six months.