Our people

The group workforce

People are a point of strength and fundamental asset for the group. We are committed to ensuring a working environment where everyone can develop their own potential to the fullest.

The CIR group’s total workforce on 31 December 2019 counted 16,881 people, an increase of 3% compared with 2018.  The total number of employees given in DNF 2019 (16,881 employees) differs from the number given in the financial statements of the group for the year ended December 31 2019 (18,648 employees) as the latter include the employees of Charleston (KOS), totalling 3,981 at December 31 2019, but do not include the employees of GEDI (2,221 employees), in application of accounting standard IFRS 5 “Assets held for sale”, nor do they include the personnel of the plant under construction of Sogefi Suspensions Eastern Europe S.R.L. (Romania), amounting to 7 persons as of December 31 2019.

At the end of 2019, the workforce consisted of 8,286 men and 8,595 women, with a substantial balance between genders, the consequence nevertheless of the great differences among our subsidiaries. Sogefi’s workforce – 68% of which is blue collar – is predominantly male, while that of KOS is majority female.

In any case, we seek to favor gender diversity and promote equal opportunities, beginning from the employee selection process. For the benefit of both genders, we also develop initiatives for work-life balance.

Multiculturalism is an important theme for both KOS, which respects the social and cultural diversity of its patients, and for Sogefi which runs production plants in 23 countries.

Division by area of activity of the CIR group’s workforce – 31 December 2019

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Division by geographic region of the CIR group’s workforce – 31 December 2019

North America5%
South America6%

Division by gender of the CIR group’s workforce – 31 December 2019


A common policy for the management of human resources

Both holding company and subsidiaries are inspired by a common policy for the management of human resources, founded on the centrality of the individual, enhancement of human capital, respect for diversity and promotion of equal opportunity.

Our subsidiaries each have their own Human Resources function and implement the values and guidelines common to the group, according to their specific situations and the needs of the sectors in which they operate.

All group companies are committed to providing work environments that are dynamic and continuously evolving, characterized by a significant level of complexity due to its highly diversified portfolio of activities.

Our remuneration policies aim to guarantee competitiveness in the labor market, in line with our objectives of growth and retention of human resources. We have adopted a differentiated model for the diverse professional categories, also with incentive systems linked to individual and company targets, so as to encourage to spirit of belonging within the group.

We are committed to safeguarding the health and safety of our people, and to spread an industrial culture aimed at effectively preventing and managing professional risks.

To ensure our long-term success, we believe it fundamental to establish stable and enduring work relationships, and we pay great attention to the creation of quality jobs in the areas where we operate. Permanent contracts represent about 93% of our total workforce.

At both the group and subsidiaries’ level, we have adopted policies of professional development and talent enhancement. In 2019, we provided a total of more than 236,367 hours of training, with Sogefi accounting for 66%.

Hours of training provided in 2019

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The KOS approach

The development of human capital is necessary to reach and maintain levels of excellence in healthcare services and to consolidate a management style based on the strategic management of human resources. KOS is aware that human resources and know-how are key assets in gaining competitive advantage, above all because of the sensitive context in which the group operates, and because of the responsibility entrusted to our people. The company, therefore, constantly invests in professional qualification and training. During 2019 a total of 70,840 hours of training were provided.

The company regularly carries our investigations into the climate of the workplace and recently introduced a benefit plan that facilitates a better work-life balance – a crucial consideration in the social-healthcare sector – and to support employees and their families with initiatives linked to study, health and free time.

The employees of KOS are entirely covered by collective national labor contracts.

The Sogefi approach

Sogefi’s international footprint is one of its strengths and the company places fundamental importance on the integration of diverse cultures, attitudes and languages. The heterogeneous nature of the workforce is a fundamental value which has engendered team spirit at every level. 

The aim of Sogefi’s training programs, in particular, is to improve technical know-how, use of quality instruments, linguistic and IT skills, factors linked to health and safety and environmental themes. In 2019 Sogefi provided 155,801 hours of training involving all categories of employeesThe number of training hours provided to Sogefi’s employees (66% of the training of the entire CIR group).

Around 84% of employees are covered by collective national labor contracts. The level of coverage varies markedly depending on the geographic region.