Wolfsburg, Germany — Volkswagen Group announced today that it has grown by about 248,000 employees, representing a rise of 76 percent, since 2007. 123,000 of those are new jobs created around the world, and 125,000 are from employees of companies acquired during that period and integrated into the larger group. At the end of 2013, the company has about 573,000 employees, the highest number in its history, reflecting a positive trajectory coming out of the U.S. Great Recession and lingering economic woes throughout the European Union.
Dr. Horst Neumann, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft responsible for Human Resources, said, "Volkswagen continues to be successful. Our cars make customers enthusiastic and this success is also reflected by employment. The number of employees has grown strongly over the past six years. At the same time, we have also significantly improved our productivity and earnings."
Volkswagen Group employs about 260,000 people in Germany alone, with the brands Audi, MAN, Porsche, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Volkswagen Financial Services AG. The new employees came via agreements with Scania, MAN and Ducati.
Neumann added: "Volkswagen offers all employees individual support, secure jobs and good remuneration. Surveys confirm that we are among Germany's top employers. We are investing strongly in our junior staff and safeguarding the future-oriented nature of the Group. In future, Volkswagen will continue to offer performance-oriented young people outstanding career entry and development opportunities."