Salary transparency: InnoGames ends guesswork about salaries in the German gaming industry

By | July 19, 2022
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Today, InnoGames GmbH has become the first German gaming company to openly publish its salary bands. The bands cover approximately 80% of the company’s employees and provide information on minimum and maximum earnings for various career levels across a total of nine career models. The models covered by InnoGames include those of Developer, Game Designer and Marketer.

“Salary transparency is a matter of fairness – towards your employees and your applicants. That is why we have decided to share this information publicly, after initially making it available internally last year. I hope that this will motivate other games companies to join us and help us debunk the long-standing misconception that our industry pays people poorly. InnoGames’ salaries are actually in the top third of the German market*,” commented Michael Zillmer, Co-Founder and COO of InnoGames.

Dr. Andreas Lieb, Director of Human Resources at InnoGames, added: “We expect several positive effects from our publication, including lower dropout rates in the application process and greater attractiveness for talent from outside the games industry. We are also sending a clear signal to potential female applicants that pay gaps don’t exist at InnoGames. The bottom line is that this is a ‘win-win-win’ situation. The company, our employees, and current and future applicants all stand to benefit from this disclosure. We appreciate that salaries can be a very delicate topic, and we are aware that the decision to publish our bands comes with a certain level of risk, but we firmly believe this is the right move for both InnoGames and the industry.”

The salaries stated are gross annual salaries for employees with place of employment in Germany. Salaries in other countries may vary. All of InnoGames’ job advertisements will contain salary information from now on, provided that a salary band has been defined for the career model in question. Due to cost/benefit considerations, a salary band will only be created once at least six employees share the same career model. The transitional salaries indicated in the salary bands apply to employees who have not yet quite reached the next career level but are on the right track and at the same time doing an excellent job.

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