Skilled and committed entrepreneurial employees are a vital factor in Deutsche Telekom's success.
As one of Europe’s largest telecommunication providers, Deutsche Telekom employs more than 217,000 individuals in more than 50 countries worldwide (as of December 2017). More than half the workforce works outside of Germany.
Cultural diversity – Common guiding principles
Respecting the various cultures and using their distinctive national practices for success is just as important to Deutsche Telekom as developing a shared identity. This is based on the Group's five Guiding Principles and the Code of Conduct, which sets out rules to be observed by all employees in their corporate and personal conduct.
Innovative HR structure
In many countries, Deutsche Telekom already ranks as one of the top companies in the labor market. We continue to sharpen our profile as a talent enterprise and are proactive in our efforts to increase our attractiveness as an employer. In addition to this, Deutsche Telekom seeks intensive contact with schools and universities, and also participates in the MINT initiative, which is committed to better education in mathematics, IT, the sciences and technology all over Germany.
We lay the foundation for a forward-looking human resources structure with experienced employees, junior staff who have received optimal in-house training at our company, as well as top graduates and experts that we win externally for our cause. Deutsche Telekom wants to have the right answers in response to the demographic and technological change taking place at our company and in society as a whole.
For years, Deutsche Telekom has been one of the largest vocational training provider in Germany. In the 2017 training year, Deutsche Telekom had roughly 6,852 trainees and participants in cooperative study programs. Training positions are available in a total of eleven different professions and on eleven cooperative study programs.
Deutsche Telekom also offers an extensive further training and qualification program to provide support for the professional and personal development of staff on the job. Equal opportunities as well as health and safety at work are integral parts of our corporate culture. The Group supports the workforce with numerous offers that make it easier for employees to combine their work and private lives.
Furthermore, Deutsche Telekom fulfills the laws of a women’s quota. Since then, the ratio of women in middle and upper management positions developed positively up to 25,4 percent. Even within our supervisory board, the women’s quota increases and has reached nearly 40 percent (as at December 2017). Deutsche Telekom expects to generate more value for the company in the long term through greater diversity at management level.