Including the Chinese joint ventures, the Volkswagen Group employed an average of 604,387 people in fiscal year 2015, an increase of 3.6% year-on-year. Our companies in Germany employed 275,857 people on average in 2015; at 45.6 (45.5)%, their share of the headcount was on a level with the previous year. The Volkswagen Group had 585,242 active employees (+3.2%) as of the 2015 reporting date. In addition, 6,183 employees were in the passive phase of their partial retirement and 18,651 young persons were in vocational traineeships (+1.0%). The Volkswagen Group’s headcount was 610,076 employees (+3.0%) at the end of the reporting period. Significant factors for the increase in employees were the expansion of the workforce in our new plants in China, Poland and Mexico and the recruitment of specialists, particularly in Germany and China. A total of 278,685 people were employed in Germany (+2.8%), while 331,391 were employed abroad (+3.1%).

as of December 31, 2015
Employees by division/business area (pie chart)