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WOLFSBURG, Germany - Volkswagen is Germany’s most attractive employer according to a survey of around 13 000 people working in 17 sectors. Perhaps it’s assumed a free car is part of the employee benefits but here are the real reasons its on top of the list:

Horst Neumann, management board member of VW responsible for personnel, said: “At Volkswagen, skilled workers and engineers, managers and works council members form a strong team. Our cars generate enthusiasm among our customers.

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“We offer our employees first-class training and a variety of development possibilities. Each individual employee can be sure that good performance and business success will pay at VW.”

Part of this perception might be that the VW Group recruits around 10 000 recent university graduates as well as more than 3 500 apprentices.

The survey, conducted by Focus news magazine and the Xing professional and career network, initially covered 820 companies with 1000 or more employees. Statisticians interviewed employees on experience with their employers, viewed opinions on the Internet and took awards into account.

'OUR STRENGTH'

In the second stage of the survey, 6300 employees from 17 sectors were asked for their assessment of employers. Participants could give assessments of their own employers and companies in the same sector. Following this, 379 companies were still in the running. VW took first place not only in its own sector but also in the survey as a whole.

Commenting on the study, the editor-in-chief of “Focus”, Jorg Quoos, said: “The strength of our survey is that we interview the people who know companies best, their employees.”

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