DFS has a workforce of 5,672 (as at 31 December 2015) at DFS locations throughout Germany and at the EUROCONTROL Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Women account for more than a quarter of the workforce.
DFS has 2,000 air traffic controllers, making them the largest occupational group in the company. The technical systems required in the air navigation services are planned, developed and operated by 900 technicians and engineers, most of whom work in Langen. The rest of the DFS staff work as AIS briefing officers in Frankfurt-Rödelheim, at the Headquarters, at the Air Navigation Services Academy as well as in other areas of DFS. In addition, 150 apprentices and trainees are currently training at DFS in various professions, such as to become air traffic controllers.
Women at DFS
At present, 27 percent of DFS employees are women. Women already hold high-level positions at the company and are highly influential in the conduct of the company's business.
The company employs a total of 481 managers who are organised in four levels of management. Both division directors and heads of departments are situated directly beneath the Board of Managing Directors. There are currently 55 women in management positions in the company, representing 11 percent of the workforce.
To implement the law for the equal participation of women and men in management positions, the DFS Board of Managing Directors has decided to maintain the current percentage of women holding positions as division directors and heads of department. This percentage will remain in place until 31 December 2016, a shorter time-frame than required by the law. In the subsequent reporting period from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2021, there should be more potential to increase the number of women in management positions as current managers retire.
As a contribution to this goal, DFS will continue to expand its policies to support staff in combining work and family as well as actively pursue a corporate culture based on equal opportunity.