General Motors - number of employees 2018

General Motors Company's number of employees came to around 173,000 people in 2018. In 2017, the Detroit Big Three carmaker spun off its Opel and Vauxhall businesses, which is one of the reasons why employee figures dropped from 225,000 in 2016 to around 180,000 in 2018.

General Motors - number of employees

In 2018, General Motors had a lower employee base than its main competitors, Toyota and Volkswagen: Toyota had around 370,000 employees in 2018 and Volkswagen Group had 656,000. GM sold some 8.4 million vehicles in 2018, trailing its main competitors, Volkswagen, Toyota and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, with a sales tally of around ten million vehicles each.

About General Motors

During the 2018 fiscal year, General Motors generated sales and revenue streams of around 147 billion U.S. dollars. This amount is lower than the 2016 figure, before the PSA Group acquired GM's Opel and Vauxhall businesses, but exceeding the 2017 value. Almost two thirds of all GM vehicles worldwide were sold in regions outside the automaker’s home market, while a little over 35 percent was sold in the United States.

General Motors, also known as GM, is the manufacturer of some of the oldest car brands worldwide, including Chevrolet, Cadillac and Buick. In 2018, the company announced that it would undergo a staff transformation: 15 percent of salaried and salaried contract staff are to be reduced. In 2015, the United Automobile Workers union ratified a contract with GM which expired in September 2019, and many of the 50,000 employees represented by unions went on a strike against GM. The UAW voiced its approval for a new deal in October 2019.

Number of General Motors employees between FY 2010 and FY 2018

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Release date

February 2019



Survey time period

FY 2010 to FY 2018

Supplementary notes

As of December 31.

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