REA employs between 9,000 to 11,000 people per year, with a monthly average of some 10,000 employees. 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. At the end of 2018, the group’s workforce numbered 9,525 compared to 10,958 at the end of 2017. The reduction in headcount was primarily due to the sale of PBJ during the year which resulted in around 1,260 employees being transferred to the purchaser of PBJ. Other reductions were achieved through operating efficiencies.

The monthly employee status  in 2018 was as follows:

    Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sept   Oct   Nov   Dec 
  REA Group  10,868   10,795   10,990   10,996   10,969   10,513   10,118   10,656   9,457   9,629   9,665   9,525 

The group endeavours to minimise the turnover of permanent employees at each level of the company so as to promote a more efficient and productive workforce.

Employee turnover in 2018 was higher than 2017 reflecting the sale in 2018 of PBJ to a third party.

   2017 2018
    Resignations   Turnover (%)   Resignations   Turnover (%) 
  Management 7   11   10   14  
  Other permanent staff 39   12   46   15  
  Workers 618   11   1,041   15  
  Total 664   11   1,097   15  

The group endeavours to provide competitive salary packages, opportunities for career development and a good standard of living on the plantations for employees and their families. 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  within REA’s operations.