Personnel changes

In 2010 the Group’s personnel recorded a slight increase over 2009, partly offsetting last year’s decrease, which was due to a larger than expected number of terminations, as well as the sale of the Company’s Brazilian subsidiaries. The three-year trend shows a slight decrease net of the boundary reduction and is in line with the Company’s plans regarding efficiency.
Retirement is by far the most important cause of employee terminations and is concentrated among the oldest workers. The turnover rate due to spontaneous resignations continues to be very low (1.4%), so the overall turnover rate essentially reflects retirements. The average number of years worked at the Company by employees who quit in 2010 was 31.6.     


AVERAGE LENGTH OF EMPLOYMENT OF EMPLOYEES LEAVING THE COMPANY (1)

  2010 2009
Total terminations 31.6 32.3
Men 31.2 33.0
Women
37.2 25.5
Less than 30 years old 1.6 1.0
Between 30 and 50 years old 9.1 8.6
More than 50 years old 34.1 34.1

(1) In the case of employees hired following acquisitions of divisions, the length of employment takes into account their previous employment. 

For the sake of completeness, it should be noted that as of December 31, 2010 Ternai S.p.A. had 28 temporary workers (33 in 2009 and 15 in 2008), who were employees of agencies that supply labor to Terna. Although they were not employees of the Company, these 28 people were involved in Terna’s activities for a pre-determined period of time and fall under the GRI’s definition of “total workforce” as “supervised workers”. These workers are not included in the personnel data shown in the tables.   

The increase in the number of fixed-term employees (from 2.1% to 3.1%) reflects the use of 18-month beginner contracts, which are generally transformed into permanent ones at the end of the period of training and professional integration.

PERSONNEL CHANGES

  2010 2009 2008 (1)
Total employees 3,468 3,447 3,734
Boundary change   -210  
Employees hired during the year 178 57 147
Employees leaving during the year 157 134 134
Men 147 122 13
Women 10 12 13
less than 30 years old
7 1 32
between 30 and 50 years old 7 8 102
more than 50 years old 143 125  
Turnover rate (2) terminations (%)      
Men 4.3 3.5 3.7
Women 0.3 0.3 0.4
less than 30 years old 0.2 0.0 0.4
between 30 and 50 years old 0.2 0.2 0.9
more than 50 years old 4.2 3.6 2.8
Total4.63.84.1

(1) The 2008 Group data included the subsidiary Ternai Partecipações. In 2008 the employees in Italy totaled  3,524.

(2) The turnover rates report the percentage of terminations with respect to the number of employees as of December of the previous year. 
It was not considered necessary to further break down the data by region, because Terna has operations only in Italy.


 

PERSONNEL COMPOSITION

  2010 2009 2008
       
By contract type
     
permanent
3,361 3,374 3,568
fixed-term
107 73 166
By employment type
     
full-time 3,438 3,417 3,708
part-time 30 30 26
By gender      
Men 3,095 3,092 3,344
Women 373 355 390
By age      
less than 30 years old 14% 11% 11%
between 30 and 50 years old 43% 45% 39%
more than 50 years old 43% 44% 50%
Total employees3,4683,4473,734

To facilitate the interpretation of several indicators regarding personnel composition, the following table breaks down the employees of Terna S.p.A. by professional category as of December 31, 2010.

PERSONNEL COMPOSITION BY CATEGORY

  2010
Senior executives 59
Junior executives 502
White-collar workers
1,890
Blue-collar workers 1,017
Total 3,468

 

In 2010, the employees of contractors worked 434,044 days all over Italy on jobs performed on Terna’s behalf, the equivalent of 1,973 full-time employees (FTE), mainly blue-collar workers engaged in constructing electrical lines and stations. The increase recorded during the three-year period reflects the growth of investing activities. These data take into account the duration of the contract work, as well as the variability of the use of personnel therein, and regard all of Terna’s contract work, from the construction sites of large-scale work to the cutting of vegetation under overhead lines.

EMPLOYEES OF CONTRACTORS AND SUBCONTRACTORS

  2010 2009 2008 (1)
Days worked  434,044 336,600 251,994
Full-time equivalent
1,973 1,530 1,145

(1) The 2008 figures were calculated only for Italian contractors and subcontractors.