Other data – employees

We may have high-tech installations and smart computers, but it is our employees who make our company what it is. They make a difference and are the key to success. We elaborate on our social policy below.

Profile of our employees

In 2018, the number of employees decreased to 1,790 (2017: 1,816). Of these, 211 worked at GTS, 233 at Gasunie Deutschland and 1,346 at other parts of the company. The decrease in 2018 was caused by mobility among the employees, due to, among other things, all the activities in relation to sustainable employability and an improving labour market.

The age distribution is as follows:

Age category Netherlands   Germany  
  number of employees % number of employees %
         
15-24 4 0% 0 0%
25-34 139 9% 42 18%
35-44 383 25% 58 25%
45-54 560 36% 75 32%
55-64 449 29% 58 25%
65-99 22 1% 0 0%
Total 1,557    233  

The table below shows the breakdown by type of employment contract (permanent versus temporary) and by gender (male/female):

  Male Female Total
       
Permanent employment contract 1,476  281  1,757 
Temporry employment contract 19  14  33 
Total 1,495  295  1,790 

The table below shows the breakdown per type of employment contract (permanent versus temporary) and by country (the Netherlands/Germany):

  Netherlands Germany Total
       
Permanent employment contract 1,534  223  1,757 
Temporry employment contract 23  10  33 
Total 1,557  233  1,790 

The table below shows the breakdown by full versus part-time employment and by gender (male/female):

  Male Female Total
       
Full-time 1,322  149  1,471 
Part-time 173  146  319 
Total 1,495  295  1,790 

Terms of employment

Netherlands
The collective labour agreement at Gasunie applies to all employees of the company. It stipulates an annual individual pay rise between 0 and 5%, up to the maximum pay level. In addition, a collective pay rise was agreed with the trade unions and the Works Council. As of 1 January 2018, we granted a structural collective pay rise of 2.4%. This was agreed on in December 2017 in a collective labour agreement that terminates on 1 January 2021. Structural pay rises of 0.25% were granted on top of the CPI for the years 2019 and 2020. Only the CPI will be granted for the year 2021, with no additional structural pay rise.

Germany
Gasunie Deutschland applies the collective labour agreement agreed on by the German BVEG (Association of German Oil & Gas Producers) and the IGBCE (trade union), based on specific salary agreements for the gas transport sector. 170 employees are covered by this collective labour agreement (73% of the 233 employees). 62 employees in more senior positions are covered by an agreement between Gasunie Deutschland and the Works Council.

Diversity

Many studies have shown that working in teams of diverse composition leads to better results. We therefore want to further encourage diversity. For several years now, we have been working with inflow target figures in order to appoint more women. It is our aim that the influx of new employees will reflect the outflow of educational programmes in various fields that are relevant to our business. This is periodically established and tested.

In 2018, 28% of new employees were female, while of those leaving, 27% were female. As of 2016, we aim to have 30% women in our board, in compliance with legislation. For this purpose, we have participated in the Professional Boards Forum over the past several years, an initiative that helps companies to achieve their legal target of 30%.

At the end of 2018, 20% of our senior managers were female. This therefore remains a point for attention in 2019 as well. At the end of 2018, 0% and 33% of our Executive Board and Supervisory Board, respectively, were female, (compared to 0% and 0% in 2009).

Employees of third parties

In addition to its own staff, Gasunie provides employment to hired employees and employees of third parties. Gasunie often works with contractors, primarily for operational work in new construction and in maintaining our infrastructure. The number of hours outsourced to contractors is estimated at just over 1.2 million in 2018 (2017: 1.1 million). The strictest safety standards apply for hired employees and the employees of contractors as well. Incidents involving third-party employees are included in our TRFI data.