Updated on August 29, 2019

Employee Data

The total number of employees in the Sony Group as of March 31, 2019 was approximately 114,400, a decrease of approximately 2,900 from March 31, 2018. Although there were increases in the semiconductor business and Financial Services segment, there was a decrease in employees outside Japan due to restructuring initiatives taken in the smartphone business, disc manufacturing business and the Pictures segment. The number of employees at Sony Corporation was approximately 2,500 as of March 31, 2019.

Breaking down employee numbers by business segment, the numbers as of March 31, 2019 stood at roughly 75,600 in the Electronics segment (about 66% of all Group employees), 11,800 in the Financial Services segment, 9,300 in the Pictures segment, and 8,500 in the Music segment.

Breaking down employee numbers by geographical area, Japan accounted for roughly 46% of all Group employees as of March 31, 2019, while locations outside Japan accounted for the other 54%. The Asia-Pacific region accounted for 20%, followed by the US (13%), Europe (10%), the Mainland China and Hong Kong Region (9%), and other areas (2%).

Composition of Sony Corporation's Executives (As of June 18, 2019)
Total Women Non-Japanese Nationals
Directors 13 4 (30.7 %) 3 (23 %)
President, Senior Executive Vice Presidents, Executive Vice Presidents, and Senior Vice Presidents 41 (2)*1 3 (7.3%) 5 (12.2%)
  • *1Number in parentheses refers to the number of people who concurrently serve as director.
  • For further information on the Board of Directors, see the Board of Directors page.

Below shows employee data as of March 31st, 2019.

Number of Employees
Sony Corporation Group companies in
Japan
Group companies outside Japan Total
Overall   2,473 50,100 61,800 114,400
  Men 1,888 38,700 34,400 75,000
  Women 585 11,400 27,400 39,400
Percentage of women in the workforce *1 23.7% 22.8% 44.3% 34.4%
Percentage of management positions
held by women *1
14.8% 8.5% 36.3% 27.3%
  • *1 Only general employment contracts (regular employees)
Average Years of Service
Sony Corporation Group companies in Japan Group companies outside Japan Total
Overall   15.0 15.5 7.9 11.5
  Men 15.8 15.5 8.2 12.3
  Women 13.2 15.3 7.6 9.9
Number of Newly Hired Employees
Sony Corporation Group companies in Japan Group companies outside Japan Total
Number of newly hired employees *2   687 2,857 13,219 16,763
  Men 599 1,698 7,348 9,645
  Women 88 1,159 5,882 7,129
Number of applicants per new graduate hire *3 All positions, men 11.6 - - -
  All positions, women 20.1 - - -
  Non-engineer positions, men 22.2 - - -
  Non-engineer positions, women 24.2 - - -
  Engineer positions, men 9.4 - - -
  Engineer positions, women 14.4 - - -
  • *2 Figures for Sony Corporation include people hired by Sony Corporation as well as those seconded to other Sony group companies after hiring.
  • *3 Figures include only general employment contracts (regular employees).
Turnover Rate *4
Sony Corporation Group companies in Japan Group companies outside Japan Total
Overall   3.1% 4.3% 12.4% 8.5%
  Men 3.1% 4.2% 11.1% 7.3%
  Women 3.0% 4.9% 14.0% 11.1%
  • *4 Only voluntary turnover and retirement of regular employees
Learning and Development *5
  Sony Group
Average hours of training time per employee 20.0
Average training spending per employee ¥155,736
  • *5 Based on data available in HR data system only
Percentage of Employees with Disabilities *6
Sony Corporation Group companies in Japan
Percentage of Employees with Disabilities 2.85% 2.30%
  • *6 Only companies with 101 or more employees, including special-purpose subsidiaries
Annual Paid Leave
Sony Corporation Group companies in Japan
Average days of annual paid leave taken by employees 15.9 15.1
Percentage of granted annual paid leave taken by employees 69.8% 67.7%
Flexible Work *7
Sony Corporation Group companies in Japan
Number of group companies employ the program 32
Number of employees who used the program 1,048 9,073
Total number of uses 10,195 76,102
  • *7 A collective term for telework, remote work, working from home, etc.
Child Care Programs *8
Sony Corporation Group companies in Japan
Employees who took child care leave (leave of absence)   55.7% 26.2%
  Men 7.1% 5.8%
  Women 100.0% 88.6%
Employees who took child care paid leave   39.2% 53.5%
  Men 44.7% 71.0%
  Women 0.0% 0.2%
Employees using reduced working hours for child care   3.1% 26.9%
  Men 0.0% 2.0%
  Women 25.0% 102.5%
Employees who returned to work after childcare leave   100.0% 95.7%
  Men 100.0% 100.0%
  Women 100.0% 95.2%
  • *8 Percentage of employees who used the programs in FY2018 among employees with newborns in FY2017
Age Composition (Sony Corporation)
Men Women Overall Percentage of women
Overall   1888 585 2473 23.7%
  Under 30 211 76 287 26.5%
  30-39 535 158 693 22.8%
  40-49 659 243 902 26.9%
  50-59 452 106 558 19.0%
  60 and over 31 2 33 6.1%
Management Positions (Sony Corporation)
Men Women Overall Percentage of women
Overall   1888 585 2473 23.7%
  Board of Directors *9 10 2 12 16.7%
  Inhouse directors 2 0 2 0.0%
  Senior Vice Presidents or higher *10 38 3 41 7.3%
  General Managers or higher 110 19 129 14.7%
  Senior Managers or higher 201 39 240 16.3%
  Assistant Managers or higher 617 78 695 11.2%
  Others 910 444 1354 32.8%
  Of which, people in management positions 351 61 412 14.8%
  Of which, people newly appointed in management positions 30 8 38 21.1%
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