Development of personnel expenses
Our personnel expenses increased by 0.1 per cent to €6.5 billion compared with the same period of the previous year (2014/15: €6.5 billion). Of that amount, €5.3 billion (2014/15: €5.3 billion) was attributable to wages and salaries, including income taxes and employee contributions to social insurance programmes. The rest was attributable to social welfare contributions, pension expenses and employee benefits.
We encourage our staff to set up their own private pension accounts. Our group-wide future package provides them with voluntary benefits that exceed the collective bargaining standards generally seen in the industry. During the reporting year, 36,476 employees in Germany took advantage of these benefits (2014/15: 38,160 employees). This represents a share of 46.4 per cent (2014/15: 47.6 per cent).