Our employees are the most important resource for the company – happy, healthy and motivated people want to develop themselves at work and will actively contribute to the company’s strategy, brand and sales work. Tikkurila invests in performance and competence management, personnel development and managerial work, as well as in maintaining the well-being and safety of its employees.
Tikkurila personnel


Tikkurila Group employes approximately 2,500 people in 11 countries. Approximately half of Tikkurila’s personnel work in the supply chain (production, sourcing, logistics and HSEQ) and more than third in sales, marketing and technical support.

The company's own production has a significant effect on Tikkurila’s personnel structure. The differences between operational areas are explained, among others, by the degree of production automation and the amount of own sales personnel. The highest degree of production automation is in Sweden, and the highest relative share of sales personnel is in Russia. Due to the seasonality fluctuation in the paint market, the number of personnel is highest during the outdoor painting season in the summer and lowest during the winter.


Personnel by segment


Development discussions 

Target setting and development discussions between employees and their supervisors are conducted at Tikkurila on an annual basis. Group-wide performance management model was developed and deployed at Tikkurila, covering all white-collar employees and experts in the countries in which Tikkurila operates. The model provides a framework for setting individual targets, evaluating performance and discussing competence and career development. It enhances leadership, harmonizes the managerial practices throughout all countries of operations and supports the achievement of the company’s strategic goals.

Regarding blue-collar workers, Tikkurila follows country-level practices, which vary by country, for target setting, performance management and individual development.

The measurement of quantity and quality of the development discussions will be embedded in the personnel survey.

Occupational safety

Safety of people is priority number one in our operations. In addition to building a safe culture and ways of working, the safety work at Tikkurila focuses on preventive measures, such as risk assessments, safety training, safety talks and rounds, reporting of health and safety observations and communications, as well as internal and external audits. We want to ensure a safe workplace for all Tikkurila employees. Preventive safety work affects the company’s cost-effectiveness and provides ways to improve efficiency and minimize sickness absences.

In addition to assessing our employees’ safety behavior in their everyday work, we also address safety issues through regular personnel development discussions, safety rounds, as well as safety talks between employees and their supervisors and colleagues. 

It is of utmost importance to ensure and promote a safe workplace for every Tikkurila employee, contractor and business partner. Tikkurila has set common safety targets with the aim to reach zero accidents.


Diversity and equality

At Tikkurila, we adhere to the principle of equality and diversity, regardless of a person’s gender, race, ethnicity or nationality, age, religion, political opinion, or social status.