Human resources

Developing supervisory work was the central theme for human resources management in the past year. During the year the supervisory structural reforms and supervisor recruitment that were started in the previous year were completed, and training sessions and workshops were continued. The index for year on year improvement in leadership was 3.57 (3.42 in 2012). 70 per cent of employees responded to the personnel survey (64 per cent in 2012). The increase in responses indicates that the employees want to influence and participate in developing the workplace.

 

Other central themes for the year included developing well-being and working capacity, and the renewal of HR systems. Vocational training for the railway sector was transferred to the Kouvola Region Vocational College in early 2014.

 

During 2013 the unions negotiated new collective employment agreements. The latest contracts are based on the pact for employment and growth made with the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions in August. VR's current contracts are valid to the end of the current contract period. The new collective agreements will enter into force in summer 2014.

 

VR's personnel structure underwent major changes during 2013. The number of employees at the end of the year stood at 10,478 and there was a reduction of 316 man-years, with the sale of Corenet accounting for about 170 people. A new subsidiary (Finrail Oy) was created for rail traffic control and 450 employees were transferred to this company on 1 January 2013. The outplacement centre which was set up as part of the restructuring programme has now wound down its operations. Change security is still implemented in accordance with the Group's common policy. 514 personnel retired in 2013.

 

Personnel key indicators 2011–2013

 

 

2011

2012

2013

Man work years – average

11,391

11,080

10,234

Change %

-4.70

-2.70

-7.64

Total salaries and wages M€

469.2

476.4

460.9

Permanent employees (average) % of Group work force

98.80

98.20

97.39

Fixed term employees (average) % of Group work force

1.10

1.80

2.61

Full time employees (average) % of Group work force

96.70

96.58

95.99

Part time employees (average) % of Group work force

3.30

3.42

4.01

Average age of work force

46.1

45.6

45.0

Average length of service in years of current employees

20

20

 19

% of men in work force

83.10

82.61

82.35

% of women in work force

16.90

17.39

17.65

% of personnel that have development interviews

65

70

78

Absence due to sickness as % of regular working hours

6.30

5.50

5.30

Group’s accident frequency rate*

(total number of accidents at work per million hours worked)

35.4

31.6

 19.1*

No. of new recruits with permanent employment

796

928

718

*Group’s accident frequency rate

The calculation method was changed in early 2013, when VR began monitoring accidents leading to more than one day of sick leave. This change helps comparability with other sectors. The figures for 2011 and 2012 show the number of accidents per one million hours worked.