The number of Samsung Electronics employees worldwide dropped by about 20,000 in 2020 compared to 2019. The drop was led by business sites in Asia and Europe.

Samsung Electronics said in its 2021 Sustainable Management Report released on June 28 that the total number of its employees as of 2020 stood at 267,937, down about 7 percent from the previous year.

The number of overseas employees stood at 161,607, down about 23,000 from 2019. The number of employees in South Korea totaled 106,330, up by 4,000.

By age, the proportion of those in their 30s was the highest with 106,236. Those below 30 totaled 99,823 while those in their 40s and older added up to 61,878. By rank, non-executive employees amounted to 190,507, while executives totaled 1,373, accounting for 0.51 percent of the company’s entire workforce.

The number of overseas employees clearly dropped in Asia following 2019. In China, 18,099 employees were on the payroll, down 2,000 from the previous year. In Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia and Japan, the number of employees totaled 101,929, a drop of nearly 20,000 from the previous year. Europe had 12,861 workers, down about 1,000 from the previous year. In the Americas and Africa, the the workforce size was similar to that of 2019.