Employees

  • Growing workforce and cultural diversity
  • Attractive entry and employment opportunities
  • Many different development options for employees
  • Women
  • Men

Implenia’s 10,000 employees are a vital component of its success, which is why the Group puts so much effort into training and career development. A shortage of specialists in the construction industry makes the search for skilled employees even more challenging. In this environment, an employer needs to keep making itself more appealing to workers. An attractive and safe work environment, a wide variety of development opportunities, as well as exciting international projects and jobs, all create a platform for Implenia to be the partner of choice for current and future employees.

Our aspiration: to be the partner of choice for current and future employees.

10,028 (9,710)

Employees

82 (90)

Apprenticeship graduates 2018

9.5% (9.9%)

Employee fluctuation rate

86 (81)

Nationalities

 

At the end of 2018, Implenia employed 9,781 people (full-time equivalents, including temporary workers). The employee fluctuation rate across the company in 2018 came to 9.5% (excluding seasonal fluctuations), which is 0.4 percentage points lower than in the previous year. Among permanent employees there are 7,683 males and 1,082 females. At 12.3%, the proportion of female employees went up again on the previous year (2017: 11.3%). People from more than 80 nations work for the Group. Implenia treats all of its employees equally, regardless of their ethnicity, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion or political views.

Discovering talent

Finding skilled employees to work on construction sites and beyond is currently one of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry. Alongside traditional recruitment models, Implenia is using new methods to find employees. In 2018, the Group proactively – and successfully – used social (business) networks to recruit new employees. This new type of recruitment is gradually being integrated into Implenia’s strategy and will be taken further in 2019.

Implenia regularly attends trade fairs, hiring events and meetings at universities and training institutions so that it can make early contact with young professionals. The Group presents the “Implenia Award” each year in Germany in recognition of outstanding bachelor theses in six different civil engineering categories. During the two-day awards event, which includes a visit to one of Implenia’s major construction sites, students are given an intensive insight into the Group and the development opportunities it offers.

Hiring talent

There are several ways for talented young people to enter the world of work with Implenia. The Group regards its efforts to train young professionals not just as a social responsibility, but as a response to the shortage of skilled workers and a very concrete step towards achieving its corporate goals. It is aiming to increase its training ratio still further, as well as to improve the quality of its training. In Germany, Implenia was given “Excellence in Training” certification for the first time in 2018. In Norway, the company reached its goal by achieving a training ratio of seven per cent.

With its internships and student traineeships, Implenia offers students from a wide range of disciplines the opportunity to lay the foundations of their future careers. Graduates are given an attractive opportunity to begin a career with a one or two-year trainee programme in a commercial or technical role at the company. Implenia’s international reach means that placements in other countries can be included in these flexible career development programmes.

Workforce (FTE)

  

Office and on-site staff

end-2018

end-2017

   

Development

53

60

Switzerland

3,556

3,637

Infrastructure

1,239

1,131

International

3,441

3,229

Miscellaneous / Holding

476

334

Workforce (FTE, excl. temporary staff)

8,765

8,391

Temporary staff

1,016

951

Workforce (FTE)

9,781

9,342

Foreman’s meeting Around 200 foremen gathered in Fisibach, Canton Aargau, at the end of June for Implenia’s first all-Switzerland foremen’s meeting. As well as being a chance to acknowledge their outstanding work, the meeting provided an opportunity to network and discuss topics such as health and safety, apprenticeships and operational excellence.

Promoting talent

Implenia wants to grow with its employees over the long term, and fill vacant posts by promoting talented people from within its own ranks. Flat structures shorten the decision-making paths at Implenia and encourage people to take responsibility. Implenia asks its employees to achieve the exceptional, and rewards them accordingly.

Continuous, needs-based support and training are the highest priorities, which is why Implenia offers an attractive range of development programmes to help its employees progress professionally and personally. These training courses have clear goals: on the one hand they are designed to develop and encourage young talent within the company; on the other they enable employees to master the challenges of their job and become more productive. In 2018, approximately 3,000 employees participated in one or more internal training and development programmes.

Implenia’s “Young Generation” initiative, which started in 2015, encourages networking among employees under the age of 32. Workshops were held in Switzerland, Norway and Germany in 2018, focusing on subjects such as commercial awareness and digital workplace.

Committed During the annual social project week, 40 of Implenia’s Swiss apprentices learned an ancient building technique. They donated their time to help repair a drystone wall on Alp Nagens, up above the town of Laax in Canton Grisons. Working hard together, the apprentices managed to refurbish 400 metres of the 140-year-old wall during the week.

Management development

Implenia aims to instil a shared management philosophy based on the company’s values and a multi-level leadership concept. Employees with potential and some years of experience, but no or little management responsibility, are encouraged through the “Winning Potential” programme. “Winning Performance” is the Group-wide foundation leadership programme for all employees with managerial responsibility at Implenia. Participants are trained in team leadership, communication, finances and other topics, and are given the opportunity to start networking internationally. “Winning Performance” was delivered simultaneously to almost 90 people in French-speaking Switzerland, the DACH region and Scandinavia during the year under review.

“Winning the Future” is the leadership programme created by Implenia for experienced senior managers. The “Winning Production” programme, aimed at foremen and team leaders, was run in Norway for the first time in 2018. 25 participants completed the four-day training course.

Twin-track education system At the third International Vocational Training Congress, held at Lokstadt in Winterthur from 6 to 8 June 2018, Implenia presented its apprenticeship system to over 500 participants from around 80 countries. During tours of the Lokstadt construction sites, current and former apprentices talked about their experiences and about the many development opportunities Implenia offers.

Forward-looking training

A total of 322 apprentices were employed by Implenia in on-site or office-based roles during the year under review. Over the summer, 82 apprentices completed their training at Implenia. Around three-quarters of these graduating apprentices are continuing in employment at the company.

Implenia apprentices finishing

2,018

2,017

Apprentices
finishing

Offered work

Apprentices
finishing

Offered work

Corporate Center

6

4

9

6

Development

2

2

0 0

Switzerland

48

34

54

34

Infrastructure

1

1

1

0

International

25

20

26

14

Total

82

61

90

54

Total of young people doing apprenticeships at Implenia

322

296

Our aspiration: to be the partner of choice for current and future employees.

10,028 (9,710)

Employees

82 (90)

Apprenticeship graduates 2018

9.5% (9.9%)

Employee fluctuation rate

86 (81)

Nationalities