The Group has employees in more than 40 countries. During 2015, the average number of employees was 13,572 (14,337) and 13,053 (14,554) at year-end.
Providing products mainly for maintaining forests, parks and gardens involves seasonal variations in sales, which affects the number of seasonal employees in our production facilities. The Group’s workforce increases at the end of the year and is generally higher during the first quarter and at the beginning of the second quarter when manufacturing of garden products is highest, before it is reduced mid-year when production declines. In a typical year, the average proportion of temporary employees is slightly higher than 20 percent.