Mikron operates in a demanding, highly cyclical and global market, and is exposed to globally active and locally specialized competitors. The key to success is highly skilled and motivated employees who are willing to assume responsibility and work together constructively. This allows the Group to respond to the rapid changes, diverse customer requests and complexity inherent in the business. Approximately every two years, an independent consultancy for personnel and organizational development assesses the level of employee satisfaction.
Mikron aims to attract and retain employees with the right level of technical qualifications who are able to work in dynamic interdisciplinary teams, have a broad set of language skills, and are willing to travel and work abroad – even if this was only possible to a limited extent in 2022. Mikron continued to invest in training and education and conducted numerous virtual seminars. New apprentices and trainees were taken on, and the management and leadership training program and specific project managers’ training continued. Wherever relevant, all employees were trained in the application of our Code of Conduct.
As at the end of the 2022 financial year, the Mikron Group as a whole numbered 1,414 employees (FTEs), representing an increase of 6.6% (prior year: 1,327 employees). The increase in the number of employees is attributable to the high-capacity utilization in all three divisions.
The number of apprentices increased from 91 employees to 96 employees at the end of 2022. Around 65% of the workforce is employed at the companies in Switzerland, approximately 18% in the US, 8% in the European Union, and 9% in Asia.
Employees’ remuneration is based on their role, performance, specific knowledge, or value to Mikron (languages, special technological expertise) and experience. Men and women are paid equally for performing equal work. Women account for around 10% of Mikron staff. The economic performance and regional differences of the individual companies are also considered. It is Mikron’s aim to compensate its employees fairly and in a comparable way to similar internationally active companies.