- SEAT has again been recognized with the Top Employer certificate. For the fourth year in a row, the company has obtained this global hallmark that acknowledges businesses offering the best working conditions. The Top Employer 2018 distinction certifies the brand as one of the best companies to work for in Spain and which promotes the personal and professional development of its employees. SEAT is the only carmaker in Spain accredited with this distinction.
The international analysis performed annually by Top Employers Institute makes an in-depth probe of more than 600 practices in several fields, including talent strategy, workforce planning, training and career development, promotion plans and remuneration and benefits policies, among others. Companies that participate in the certification process must pass a stringent analytical process and achieve the required levels. According to the organisation, the process has confirmed SEAT’s excellent conditions yet another year, and with an even higher score than in previous editions.
According to SEAT Vice-president for Human Resources Xavier Ros, “obtaining this certificate again is further recognition of the work carried out every day in the company; our employees are the driving force at SEAT, and for this reason we will continue to remain actively engaged in seeing to their wellbeing”. In addition, Ros pointed out that “the thousands of workers who show their full dedication on the job are what make this a great company, and this is why we strive to provide them with the best working conditions”.
With a workforce totalling 14,672 employees, SEAT is the largest employer in the sector in Spain. In 2017, the company invested 17 million euros in training, which highlights how important this aspect is for the company. Initiatives such as the SEAT Apprentice School, the only corporate learning centre that has been training professionals for over 60 years, are examples of the company’s commitment to education and generating employment.
At SEAT, 97% of the company’s employees have an open-ended contract. 21% of the workforce is made up of women, and 25% of millennials. 34% of workers benefit from flexible working hours.
Ready for the future
SEAT has a training initiative which aims to show what the concept of Industry 4.0 really means and the importance of continuous training as the focal point of the fourth industrial revolution. Participants interact with several tools and technologies that will commonly be used in a few years in production processes, as well as some that are already being implemented, such as the 125 automated guided vehicle collaborative robots.
Healthy Company award
Along the same lines of recognitions for SEAT’s human resources policy, the company was recently acknowledged with the Healthy Company award, in the Large Company category, for its commitment to the health and wellbeing of its employees. The Human Resources Observatory especially praised SEAT’s strategic plan for promoting health and safety in the working environment. Among other aspects, the award highlighted the annual medical check-ups carried out on the entire workforce with examinations that are adapted to the characteristics of each job, as well as the company’s pioneering facilities in preventive, healthcare and rehabilitation medicine which required an investment of 3.3 million euros.
In addition, SEAT is the only company in the automotive sector certified by AENOR as a Healthy Company. Based on criteria set out by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and on a methodology of continuous improvement, this model certifies that the company has successfully implemented a management system that promotes and safeguards workplace health, safety and wellbeing.