In 2020, about 26,300 new employees (including young talent) completed their first working day at DB Group in Germany despite the Covid-19 pandemic. This means that we are relatively close to the record level of the previous year. These new hires (including young professionals) include more than 2,200 multiple unit drivers, about 1,800 traffic controllers and about 3,500 maintenance technicians. They strive to continuously strengthen our Strong Rail at challenging points in the system and improve quality for our customers.
In 2020, we had 21,700 external new hires, excluding young talent. This is an important contribution to the implementation of our central strategic HR objective and to the robustness of DB Group.