Caritas in Germany

Help by the millions

They are joined by just under 42,249 trainees and pupils, 4,875 volunteers completing a year of community service and 4,687 participants in the federal volunteer service programme.

Statistik: Mitarbeiter der Caritas in Deutschland (English version)More than a million people work throughout the country on behalf of Caritas. (c) Deutscher Caritasverband e. V.

In comparison with the previous survey conducted in 2018 (31 December 2016), the number of facilities and services rose slightly by 284, and the number of professional employees increased by 33,207.

81.9 percent of Caritas employees are women.

Most work in healthcare

Of the professional employees, more than 281,953 work in healthcare facilities and services, 163,902 in child and youth outreach, 124,498 in care for the elderly, 83,118 in care for the disabled/psychiatric care and 5,763 in family services. 59 percent of all Caritas employees care for and support people on an inpatient basis in facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes, 24 percent work in day-care facilities such as kindergartens and workshops for people with disabilities.

Drei Pflegerinnen der Caritas vor ihren AutosMost of the professional employees work in healthcare facilities and services.KNA / Oppitz

Many employees at large facilities

Many clubs, church communities, foundations, religious orders and non-profits contribute to Germany’s social infrastructure under the umbrella of Caritas. Most of the approximately 6,200 entities are small organisations with less than 50 employees. Most of the staff, almost 90 percent of all employees, work in some 1,600 organisations which have 50 or more employees. Most of these entities are organised as clubs, private limited companies or foundations.

Reliable data source: Overall statistics

Every two years, the headquarters of the German Caritas Association together with the Diocesan Caritas Associations compile overall statistics. These statistics are the only comprehensive representation of Caritas structures. In addition to national statistics, analyses for the individual dioceses are available upon request from the corresponding Diocesan Caritas Association or the German Caritas Association.

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