DFS has a workforce of 5.550 (as at 31 December 2016) at DFS locations throughout Germany. 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 474 managers who are organised in four levels of management. Both division directors (heads of division) and heads of departments are situated directly beneath the Board of Managing Directors. There are currently 54 women in management positions in the company, representing a share of 11.4 percent.
To implement the law for the equal participation of women and men in management positions, the DFS Board of Managing Directors has decided to raise the number of women holding management positions. The new reporting period from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2021 will see an objective of five percent for heads of division; this represents one position based the current number of managers at this level. For heads of department, the objective has been set at 13 percent. Based on the current number of managers at this level, two such positions are to be filled by women as they become vacant.
As a contribution to this goal, DFS will continue to expand its policies to support staff in combining work, private life and family as well as actively pursue a corporate culture based on equal opportunity.