Encourage healthy work-life balance by allowing flexible time management and valuing involvement with family, friends, co-workers and wider community/society

We provide a range of benefits to help our employees manage professional and personal commitments and achieve a sustainable work-life balance. In a number of locations, a family-friendly parental leave framework has been established, without differentiating between fathers and mothers but instead following a gender-neutral approach.

A family-friendly company

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In Germany we have been re-certified as a family-friendly company by the charitable Hertie Foundation.

The Bank assists working parents, for instance in providing childcare near workplaces in our major global hubs and contributing to the cost of childcare. In Germany, working parents have access to free-of-charge advice and placement services (e.g. emergency care, au pairs, daycare, nannies, domestic aid) offered by a countrywide cooperation partner and available for every employee via the new digital My Family Service platform. In addition, HR provides workshops and advice for staff returning from parental leave in various locations.

Return to work after parental leave (Germany)

in headcount

Women 619 661 714
Men 477 605 571

The bank also offers flexibility in working arrangements, through working from home, flexible work hours, part-time and job-sharing opportunities, subject to specific role requirements and client needs. In addition, a variety of paid and unpaid leave is available to allow employees to manage unforeseen events, such as sickness of children or bereavement of close family members.

Employees in Germany can invest in individual flextime accounts through db zeitinvest, with the aim of taking a sabbatical of up to one year or reducing their working hours. More than 5,400 employees use this program.

Diagram on participants in db Zeitinvest program

An increasing number of our employees need to balance care for elderly family members with their job commitments. A service partner in Germany provides comprehensive advice and arranges for regular and emergency care. Employees wishing to care for their relatives themselves may reduce work hours or go on leave for up to two years, which is longer than stipulated by German law.

Part-time employment

in headcount

Part-time employees 13,138 12,768 13,009
in % of total staff 14.3% 13.3% 13.1%

Part-time employment by region

in headcount, 2020
Part-time employees





in % of total 0.2% 0.1% 7.2% 27.2% 3.7%
in headcount, 2019
Part-time employees





in % of total 0.3% 0.2% 7.5% 24.1% 4.3%
in headcount, 2018
Part-time employees





in % of total 0.5% 0.2% 7.6% 23.9% 4.6%