At the end of the year, the Group employed 21,598 (23,289) people. The Group’s average number of personnel was 22,219 (24,617). At the end of the year, a total of 4,724 (5,264) employees worked outside Finland. The number of employees working in Finland was 16,874 (18,025).
Personnel distribution was as follows:
|Postal Services||69 (106)|
|Parcel and Logistics Services||1,478 (1,902)|
|Itella Russia||2,646 (2,920)|
|Other functions (Operations and Group Functions)||15,227 (16,069)|
Other functions includes both Group Functions and employees in Operations. Employees in Operations were transferred to other functions effective on January 1, 2015.
The Group’s personnel expenses decreased by EUR 91.3 million, or by 10.8% year-on-year. Personnel expenses included EUR 8.4 (25.8) million in restructuring costs. Excluding restructuring costs, personnel expenses declined by 9% year-on-year.
Salaries and wages paid by the Group decreased by EUR 77.8 million from the previous year.
Based on the result for the financial year, no bonus will be paid to the personnel fund.
|Salaries and wages, EUR million||606.9||684.7||713.4|
|Employees on December 31||21,598||23,289||25,877|
|Average number of employees||22,219||24,617||27,253|
The company entered into 338 new permanent employment contracts in Finland in 2015. Personnel reductions amounted to 423 person-years. Out of this total, 328 person-years were related to production and finance and 42 person-years were reduced through voluntary resignation and pension plans. In addition, 53 person-years were related to acquisitions.
In January 2014, Posti launched the Uusi polku (New path) program, which offers not only financial support, but also training and support for job seeking, retraining or starting a business. By the end of 2015, a total of 1,327 employees had applied for the program and 925 had been approved.