Talented, highly qualified and motivated employees are key to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s ability to perform excellent research work for its clients. Recruiting, retaining and developing skilled workers is one of the key elements in the long-term success of the Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft, where the strategic thrust and instruments comprising integrated human resources management are constantly being adapted to meet current and future requirements.

At December 31, 2012, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft had 22,093 employees. Thus, compared with 2011, an additional 1767 employees were available to handle the much larger number of research projects.

Fraunhofer is regarded as one of the most attractive employers in Germany. In the Randstad Awards 2012, the organization took first place as the most attractive employer amongst 150 major German companies (measured by size of workforce). In surveys carried out by personnel consultants Universum, Fraunhofer was ranked second most popular employer by science students, as was the case in previous years. Fraunhofer also ranks second among the target group of young professionals with scientific qualifications. The most recent Fraunhofer Employee Survey also confirms the organization’s attractiveness as an employer, with over 80 percent of those taking part acknowledging that Fraunhofer’s values and culture matched their own and that they were proud to work for the organization.

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