Employees

On September 30, 2015, the Bayer Group employed 117,866 people in its continuing operations worldwide (December 31, 2014: 117,371). The workforce thus grew by 495 (+0.4%).

HealthCare employed 58,700 people (December 31, 2014: 59,199). The number of employees at CropScience increased to 23,673 (December 31, 2014: 23,060). The number of employees at Covestro rose to 15,698 (December 31, 2014: 14,122). This was largely due to the transfer of around 1,700 employees in connection with the separation of Covestro. The number of people mainly employed in the service companies therefore declined to 19,795 (December 31, 2014: 20,990).

Personnel expenses rose by 18.2% (Fx adj. 11.8%) in the first nine months of 2015 to €8,369 million (9M 2014: €7,080 million), partly due to portfolio adjustments, with the third quarter accounting for €2,739 million.