Scania to Rehire 500 Employees in Europe
"In response to the continued recovery in global demand, we need to increase our workforce in order to handle a higher production rate during the third quarter," said Anders Nielsen, Executive Vice President and Head of Production and Logistics. "We used the period of low production capacity utilisation to take steps to improve our methods and ways of working. The improvements that our employees have developed will result in a significant improvement of productivity,"
Since late 2008, Scania has decreased its production workforce by about 3,000 people, including 2,000 fixed term temporary employees whose contracts were not renewed. The rest of the decrease was due to a freeze on replacement recruitment resulting from retirements.
"The production increase that we are planning cannot be handled within the framework of the part of our flexibility agreement that allows weekly working time to be increased by five hours. Out of respect for our employees, increased overtime is not a good solution either. This is why we are also choosing to take advantage of the option in the flexibility agreement to hire up to 20 percent of production employees on fixed term temporary contracts," Nielsen said.
The most workforce-needing Scania site is the company’s Swedish component workshops. Around 300 of the 500 jobs will be in Sweden and the others at the final assembly plants in the Netherlands and France.