On the reporting date Dec. 31, 2021, 622 people worked at VAUDE (44 more than the previous year). For the purposes of this report, we include all persons with permanent or fixed-term contracts, interns, trainees, and regular and temporary employees with marginal employment (450 Euro mini-jobs). Employees on parental leave were not included. Of our employees in 2021, 396 were female and 226 male. The working hours of the total workforce corresponded to 516 full-time positions.
At VAUDE, the majority of employees have permanent contracts. No freelance or contract workers are used for essential company activities. Three people were employed as temporary employees in 2021, primarily in our Manufaktur production facility. Compared to the previous year (14 temporary employees), we were again able to hire permanent staff for a significantly higher proportion of our vacant positions. The high demand for our "Made in Germany" products and our difficulty in recruiting enough suitable employees in this area continues to be an issue. In general, we look for opportunities to employ temporary workers permanently after successful collaborations. There are no significant seasonal fluctuations in personnel at VAUDE.