At the end of 2019, the group’s workforce numbered 8,078 compared to 9,540 at the end of 2018. The reduction in headcount reflected the programme of cost reduction and efficiency measures implemented during 2019.The majority of employees work for the plantation subsidiaries and are based in Indonesia. Attracting and retaining skilled, motivated and loyal employees is the key to maintaining high standards as REA expands.

REA shows an increase in turnover of management and other permanent staff in 2019 compared to 2018 due to an ongoing restructuring of departments within the company aimed at reducing costs and improving efficiencies in response to lower palm oil prices.

   2018 2019
    Resignations   Turnover (%)   Resignations   Turnover (%) 
  Management 10   14   1   1.5  
  Other permanent staff 46   15   14   4.8  
  Workers 1,041   15   1,058   12.7  
  Total 1,097   15   1,073   12.3  

The group endeavours to provide competitive salary packages, opportunities for career development and a decent standard of living on the estates for employees and their families. This is particularly important given the remote location of the group’s estates. Male and female employees in the same role (such as, for example, harvesting, manuring, spraying, and positions in the office and workshop) receive the same salary.

Wherever possible the group seeks to employ local people and contractors in an effort to contribute to the local economy and create a stable workforce.

REA complies with all Indonesian labour regulations, which are based on the core standards of the International Labour Organisation.

Read more about labour standards and health and safety within REA’s operations.