Our Performance.

Trade Union Representation

Johnson Matthey continues to maintain good and constructive relations with all recognised trade unions which collectively represent 38% of all group employees worldwide (2009/10 33%). The following table sets out the average number and percentage of Johnson Matthey’s employees who were covered by collective bargaining arrangements and represented by trade unions by geographical region in 2010/11. During 2010/11 no working time was lost within the group due to employee action.

Trade Union Representation

Average headcount 2010/11

Region Average
Europe 4,723 2,403 51%
North America 2,568 548 21%
Asia 1,237 195 16%
Rest of World 619 310 50%
Group 9,147 3,456 38%


In accordance with applicable law, Johnson Matthey bases all employment related decisions on the principles of equal employment opportunity and our policies in this area are presented on the website.

The figures on the right set out the gender breakdown of Johnson Matthey’s employees by geographical region and the gender breakdown of employees recruited into the group in 2010/11. The group’s gender balance was slightly better this year at 78% male and 22% female (2009/10 79% male, 21% female) and the gender balance of new recruits in 2010/11 continued to be ahead of this, as illustrated in the figures.

Training and Development

The following table sets out, on a total and on a per employee basis, the days of training and training spend during 2010/11. The figure below it shows the total training spend per employee over the past five years. The training spend does not include the cost of in house training or the cost of employees’ wages during training.

Training Days and Spend on Training


Region Total days /
shifts training
of days /
shifts training
per employee
Spend per
Europe 13,080 2.8 2,896,778 613
North America 4,587 1.8 416,824 162
Asia 3,394 2.7 136,142 110
Rest of World 2,713 4.4 122,124 197
Group 23,774 2.6 3,571,868 390

The level of training activities has increased over the last year and has resulted in a higher level of training spend per employee. Our strong and continuing commitment to the training and personal development of all our employees is reflected in the fact that during 2010/11, approximately 548 internal promotions were actioned. This represents 33% of all appointments made in the year.

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Good performance in attendance rates was maintained this year. The average number of days lost per employee in 2010/11 due to sickness absence was 5.2 days. This represents 2.1% of lost time per employee in the working year.

Attendance per Employee

Average headcount for 2010/11

  Number of days /
shifts lost per employee
% of lost time
per employee
Group 5.2 2.1

The corporate sickness absence rate during 2010/11 was the same as the prior year. We continue to increase investment in sustainable health and wellness programmes to support the longer term health, wellbeing and performance of our employees.

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