We have been quick to respond to the challenges of shifting demographics. By offering a suitable range of seminars for our older members of staff, we support their performance capability with an eye to specialist, personal and health considerations. A new seminar entitled "Purposeful steps for easing into retirement", for example, helps older personnel to tackle their final years with the company proactively and prepare for the pension phase some years prior to actually stopping work. We are also taking various steps to counter the change in the age structure of our workforce by improving cooperation between new recruits and long-standing employees. In the past, work in mixed groups has proven especially helpful and promising for our company.
In 2016 we started to make plans for a seminar geared specially to the topic of "Leadership in the generational mix". Our goal is to offer this seminar, which will be a new programme module in the range of training provided to our executive staff, for the first time in 2017 at the latest.
The age structure of our Group's workforce in 2016 again reveals a balanced picture: 12.8% of our employees are under 30, 62.6% are aged between 30 and 50 and 24.6% are over 50. A comparison of the age structure over the years, however, shows a trend in line with the shift in demographics. The proportion of employees aged "50 and over" rose steadily by 4,6 percentage points in the period from 2011 to 2016.