of Group employees are on open-term contracts
fewer lost-time accidents in 2018 than in 2017
Strong community focus in Vicat's employment catchments
Our industrial activities are valuable sources of employment. At the end of 2018, our payroll came to 8,844 employees, up 4.5% compared to 2017. This progress was due to continued brisk business in France, the development of the aggregate business in Senegal, and the internalization of clinker production at the Egyptian cement plant.In addition to the jobs of our own employees, our business generates many indirect jobs, both upline and downline of our own activities. In developed countries the ratio of direct to indirect jobs associated with a cement plant is 1 to 10.
Safe working environment
The health and safety of employees and subcontractors are a priority for Vicat. They are part of a genuine safety culture shared by the entire workforce. In 2018 we continued our 'zero accident' strategy, focusing on boosting the exemplarity, diligence, and commitment of everyone. As a result of this active policy, occupational accidents reduced significantly in 2018:
23% fewer lost-time accidents than in 2017
- accident severity rate down from 0.31 in 2017 to 0.34 in 2018
- an unprecedented accident frequency rate of 6.2, down from 8.1 in 2017
Excellent examples are our Swiss workforce who cut their accident frequency rate in half in 2018 and our Turkish subsidiary Konya Hazir Beton that has not had a single lost-time accident for over 3 years.
Vicat, an inclusive group for all profiles
Diversity, which the Group sees as a strength, is a concrete part of our human resources policy which seeks to:
take action in favor of diversity in all our subsidiaries,
- combat discrimination on a daily basis,
- advance gender equality.
With respect to gender equality, in a highly masculine work environment, we are committed to making progress every year. In 2018, for example, we were 23rd (out of 120) in the rankings for women in managerial positions in companies on the Paris Bourse's SBF 120 index, compared to 28th in 2017. In 2018 we were also part of a test panel of companies invited to work on a 'gender equality index' aimed at eliminating inequalities in pay. When the index was presented, France's Minister of Labor, Muriel Pénicaud, applauded the exemplary character of our Group in France.
Promoting in-house talent
Aware that encouraging the loyalty of our workforce enables us to develop talent, we endeavor to give our employees job stability: 94% of our staff are on open-term contracts. To provide our employees with career opportunities within Vicat, we also provide training and give preference to internal promotion. In the rural and 'peripheral' communities where we work, we are recognized as an enduring, inclusive employer.
Did you know? In 2018 we joined P.A.Q.T.E., a scheme aimed at facilitating job placement for young people alienated from the workplace.