Audi not only delivered more cars than ever before last year, it also set a new record for the size of its workforce: As of December 31, 2014, the Audi Group employed a total of 79,483 people (2013: 73,751).
AUDI AG employed 55,927 people (2013: 52,563), the Hungarian subsidiary Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. had 11,274 employees (2013: 10,337), Audi Brussels S.A./N.V. had 2,528 (2013: 2,548) and Audi México S.A. de C.V had 1,172 (2013: 213). Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. employed 1,175 people at the end of the year (2013: 1,029) and Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A. employed 865 (2013: 839). At December 31, 2014, a total of 1,404 people worked at Ducati Motor Holding S.P.A., Bologna (Italy) and its fully consolidated subsidiaries (2013: 1,281).
59.7 percent of the total workforce of AUDI AG were skilled workers at the end of 2014. 46.6 percent of employees outside the area of production were university graduates. The proportion of female employees was 14.2 percent.
In September 2014, more than 760 young people started their occupational training or a dual course of study at AUDI AG. The total number of apprentices and trainees at the two German sites in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm at the end of 2014 was 2,486, spread over 22 different occupations. The proportion of women was 26.9 percent.
The age structure of German society is changing, and the Audi workforce is also getting older. AUDI AG has been taking this into consideration for several years now, and has developed numerous measures to help its staff enjoy long and active careers. The focus here is on prevention. Ergonomic working conditions have therefore been established in both production and the offices. The health checkup available to all employees plays a major role in the workforce’s very good state of health.
AUDI AG helps its employees to maintain a harmonious balance between working life and family life. In addition to numerous different arrangements for working times and workplace, Audi makes life easier for working parents with various child-care possibilities combined under the name of “Audi Play Space.” A total of 106 places were available for regular child care in Ingolstadt nurseries and kindergartens in 2014. In Neckarsulm, the number of places reserved with cooperating facilities was increased from 60 to 73. The company also provides support with finding private childcare specialists.
With the “Audi Summer Kids” program, employees at the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm sites can take advantage of professional care for their children in the summer holidays. And together with local partners, Audi offers child care also for the February, Easter, Whitsuntide and October holidays. In 2014, the company for the first time organized child care in Ingolstadt also for the Day of Repentance and Prayer, a public holiday in Germany: “My day at Audi” was fully booked within a few days. Altogether, approximately 600 children took part in the school holiday programs, which is about 40 percent more than in the previous year.
The system of flexible short-term child care for employees’ children between the ages of two and fourteen at AUDI AG in Ingolstadt is unique in the automotive industry. Employees can register their children until the previous evening and benefit from the long opening times. This makes the facility useful to parents especially early in the morning or the late afternoon, when they have to work different hours at short notice for some reason, and when their regular child-care center is closed.