In 2021, some 8 percent of the workforce left Freudenberg at their own request: the fluctuation rate went up to 10 percent in 2022. There were regional differences, with higher numbers in North America and lower figures in Germany. Fluctuation among production employees was greater than fluctuation in what are termed “indirect” areas. Where fluctuation rates are high, Freudenberg takes specific steps at local and regional level to remedy the causes and retain the workforce.
In all, Freudenberg was able to recruit 7,800 new employees in 2022. Recruiting activities focused on Europe as well as North America, China and India. Well over a year after the launch of the new electronic recruiting platform, the number of candidates has risen sharply. The Freudenberg Group received over 100,000 applications in the year under review