Volkswagen Group - worldwide number of employees 2008-2018

This statistic shows the number of Volkswagen AG employees worldwide from 2008 to 2018. Globally, Volkswagen Group employed around 656,000 people in 2018, up from 634,000 in 2017. During a press conference in 2019, Volkswagen announced that there would be a reduction in workforce between 2019 and 2023. Staff cuts were also made by other traditional automotive manufacturers: General Motors employed around 173,000 people in 2018, down from 180,000 in 2017.

The Volkswagen Group’s original brand is Volkswagen Passenger Cars; major subsidiaries include Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, SEAT, Škoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Additionally, the German automotive manufacturing company holds large stakes in Scania and MAN.

Number of Volkswagen AG employees worldwide from 2008 to 2018

Employees in thousands
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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

FY 2008 to FY 2018

Supplementary notes

All values are yearly averages.
The figure for 2008 through 2012 were taken from a previous annual report.

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