Staff composition and distribution

The results of the Sofidel Group were contributed to by 6,327* people, of which 72.13% were blue collar, 22.35% white collar and 5.52% managers. The number of employees increased compared to the previous year, mainly due to the growth of the US plants.

The Group’s 6,327 employees work in 13 countries.


* The data for personnel and the relevant breakdown for 2017 and 2016 are at 30 November, while the data for 2018 are at 31 December. Furthermore, with reference to 2016, it is noted that the staff breakdown does not include the subsidiary Sofidel Hungary, for which this information could not be reported.

Breakdown of Sofidel Group staff by level

Breakdown of employees of Sofidel Group companies by level and geographical area – 2018

Belgium Germany Spain France UK Hungary Greece Italy Poland Romania Sweden Turkey USA TOTAL
Blue Collar 104 563 152 520 626 124 44 774 236 206 135 27 1,053 4,564
Manager 16 30 27 57 44 9 6 112 19 6 8 8 7 349
White Collar 51 151 49 120 141 51 9 392 138 50 39 27 196 1,414
OVERALL TOTAL 171 744 228 697 811 184 59 1,278 393 262 182 62 1,256 6,327

Breakdown of employees of Sofidel Group companies by level and geographical area – 2017

Belgium Germany Spain France UK Hungary Greece Italy Poland Romania Sweden Turkey USA TOTAL
Blue Collar 103 612 114 552 666 140 43 787 241 203 140 28 755 4,384
Manager 16 32 25 52 49 10 6 111 21 7 10 7 2 348
White Collar 48 157 44 128 155 55 9 394 125 49 34 29 157 1,384
OVERALL TOTAL 167 801 183 732 870 205 58 1,292 387 259 184 64 914 6,116

Breakdown of employees of Sofidel Group companies by level and geographical area – 2016

Belgium Germany Spain France UK Greece Italy Poland Romania Sweden Turkey USA TOTAL
Blue Collar 106 632 101 536 691 42 774 188 202 136 28 581 4,017
Managers 18 30 22 51 53 6 105 19 7 10 7 2 330
White Collar 47 155 39 118 161 8 383 118 52 34 31 134 1,280
OVERALL TOTAL 171 817 162 705 905 56 1,262 325 261 180 66 717 5,627

Breakdown of Sofidel Group employees by geographical area

The data highlights the preponderance, albeit very slight, of Italian staff in the Sofidel Group (20.19%), making up a majority of managers (32.09%) and white collar staff (27.17%), while the majority of blue collar staff are American (23.07%). The next biggest groups, at Group level, are employees in the USA (19.85%), United Kingdom (12.82%) and Germany (11.76%).

During 2018, in order to further improve its production efficiency and strengthen the competitiveness of its business in the United Kingdom, Sofidel continued the restructuring operation started in 2017 - after giving prior notice to the trade union representatives - involving the Intertissue converting plant in Horwich.

The operation, which will be completed by 31 March 2019 and includes the transfer of production capacity to other Group plants in the United Kingdom, has led to a reduction in site personnel in the United Kingdom.

The close connection between the company and the local area surrounding its operations was again confirmed in Sofidel favours the employment of workers from the local communities where it carries out its business, thus contributing to the growth in employment and income in the area and the achievement of a higher level of sustainability by reducing home to office travel. The company has always focussed on making the most of local resources, trying to find the best-qualified professionals; more than 95% of senior managers come from the relevant local community.

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