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We are proud of our employees – some of the world's top talent – who take pride in what they do and are engaged with our ambitions as a company.
ASML's workforce has grown steeply in recent years. This growth, the large number of new employees, and the evolution of the company, require us to help our people embrace our values and familiarize themselves with our strategy and purpose. We put ample effort into this, providing our employees with opportunities and the best environments to develop their talent, feel respected and to thrive.
Building a strong talent pool
To maintain our fast pace of innovation and ensure our long-term success as a company, we need to attract and retain the best talent. Because we know that every employee is at a different stage in their employee journey and has unique needs, we provide tailor-made training and development programs to help grow the highly skilled professionals we employ. We also offer varied career paths and have tools in place to support our employees' career navigation.
We know that the complexity of our products means new and existing employees face a steep learning curve. When someone first starts with ASML, our ‘Buddies’ system helps them find their way. To help these newcomers quickly understand our business and feel welcome, we also put significant effort into onboarding processes. With the pandemic requiring a completely new way of doing things, we've created an interactive and fun virtual onboarding.
These investments in our people pay off: In 2020, the attrition rate for new hires was down 3.8%.
Enhancing employee engagement
Employee engagement and employability are the cornerstones of a sustainable relationship with our employees. Engagement is the dedication our employees have for their jobs and ASML, and employability is our employees’ capacity to adjust, sustain and improve their performance over time.
To achieve this high level of employee engagement and employability, we work to facilitate an inspiring and safe work environment, which helps our employees strike a good work-life balance and grow from a personal and professional perspective. Our 2020 engagement survey showed that employee engagement is high, with an engagement score of 80%, compared to the external global benchmark of 73%.
Promoting diversity and inclusion
A diverse and inclusive workforce provides the necessary mix of voices and points of view required to develop the best solutions and ideas for our business.
We're proud to be culturally diverse, with employees from more than 120 different nationalities. Gender diversity is a concern in our industry, and we make continuous effort to recruit, retain and empower women at ASML. Female employees currently make up 17% of our workforce worldwide. We have improved our gender diversity year on year by 1% over the past 10 years and aim to continue this trend as we move toward 2025. The highly-specialized nature of our industry means achieving this balance is a long-term process.
We subscribe to the ‘Declaration of Amsterdam’, an initiative by Amsterdam-based Workplace Pride that calls for employers, unions and governments to implement concrete changes that ensure progress in matters affecting LGBTI people. Our Pink ASML initiative aims to highlight the increasing importance of LGBTI inclusion in the tech industry.
We take part in public discussions on diversity and immigration, and oppose legislation that limits people’s right to travel freely, based on such criteria.
We believe in offering jobs to people regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, religion or nationality. We pay particular attention to people with autism, hosting lectures and promoting discussion to enhance awareness and foster a culture of inclusion.
EUV training centers open in Asia
Asia leads the way in EUV adoption and we now have a large installed base of EUV systems. Getting service engineers up to speed on this technology is critical not only to ensure they can service this location, but also to the overall industrialization of EUV – which is why ASML has opened new EUV training centers in Tainan, Taiwan, and Hwasung, South Korea, in 2020.
It can take more than a year for an EUV engineer to develop the skills needed to work independently. With these long development times and ongoing travel uncertainties caused by COVID-19, these EUV training centers enable ASML and our customers to train engineers locally in a safe and cost-effective way, bringing EUV knowledge to where it is needed most.