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Annual Report

Number of employees

Including the Chinese joint ventures, the Volkswagen Group employed an average of 388,536 people (+5.9%) in the reporting period. In China, the 2010 figure included not only the vehicle-producing joint ventures, but for the first time also the workforce of the component plants. Our companies in Germany employed 178,291 people on average, making up 45.9% (previous year: 47.0%) of the total headcount. The Volkswagen Group had 384,058 active employees as of December 31, 2010. In addition, 4,778 employees were in the passive phase of their early retirement and 10,545 young persons were in vocational traineeships (+7.1%). The Volkswagen Group’s total headcount amounted to 399,381 employees (+8.4%) as of the reporting date. This increase was primarily the result of higher volumes, initial consolidation and the establishment of new companies. A total of 181,328 people were employed in Germany (+5.0%). The number of employees abroad was 218,053 (+11.3%).

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