The number of employees at Samsung Electronics turned out to have declined last year, first in seven years. According to the company's sustainability report for 2017 released on July 2, the number of the company's employees totaled 308,745 last year, down 5.2 percent from 325,677 a year ago.
This was the first time for the number of Samsung Electronics employees to decline since 2009 and the decrease rate was the largest since the company started releasing the sustainability report.
By region, the number of its domestic employees stood at 93,204, down 3.8 percent year on year, while the number of overseas employees fell 5.8 percent to 215,541.
For Samsung Electronics, the number of overseas employees exceeded the number of domestic employees first in 2011. The share of overseas employees in Samsung Electronics' total payrolls slipped to 69.8 percent last year, down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago.
In particular, the number of its employees in China dropped 17.5 percent year on year to 37,070.