As of June 30, 2012, the voestalpine Group had 46,075 employees (full-time equivalent [FTE]). Compared to the previous year’s figure (45,161 employees), this corresponds to a plus of 2.0%, which is due primarily to an increase in core staff by 1.9% from 40,939 to 41,719 employees. As of the end of the first quarter of 2012/13, there were an additional 4,189 employees designated as temporary staff; this represents an increase of 4.8% or 191 employees compared to the previous year. Additionally, as of June 30, 2012, 1,266 apprentices were being trained worldwide, in other words, 35 young people (or 2.7%) less than in the previous year (1,301).
Note: As already presented in the Annual Report 2011/12, as of the end of this business year, we switched to the “full-time equivalent” indicator (FTE) to achieve better comparability of the data with other international groups and to ensure greater informative value of the development of employee numbers within the Group itself. With the “FTE” indicator, one full-time employee corresponds to a full-time equivalent of one; part-time employees are taken into account on a pro-rata basis corresponding to their working hours.