Forge of Empires and Elvenar developer InnoGames has announced the salaries of about 80% of positions in the company.
This is intended to increase salary transparency in the German gaming industry. The salary is determined for the gross salary for employees in Germany across nine different career models, which will be replicated across all InnoGames job listings.
The company has made the decision to make its salaries publicly available in order to increase salary transparency, after distributing this data within the company. Michael Zillmer, CEO of InnoGames, stated: “Wage transparency is a matter of fairness to your employees and candidates. That’s why we decided to share this information publicly, after initially announcing it internally last year. I hope that this will spur other gaming companies to join us and help dispel the long-held misconception that the industry pays people poorly.”
Dr Andreas Lieb, Human Resources Manager at InnoGames, added: “The bottom line is that this is a win-win situation. The company, our employees and current and prospective candidates all benefit from this. We appreciate that pay can be a very delicate subject and we are aware that our decision comes with credibility for InnoGames.”
With specific benefits, InnoGames wants to be more fair to employees and candidates. Those people must benefit from the move to make payroll public, not have to worry about pay gaps because people work on individual performance.
For both the talented people in the game industry and outside the industry, we need to ensure fairness, doing the right thing on a large scale. According to Kienbaum International Consultants, InnoGames salaries are actually among the top three in Germany, which is the ideal gaming workplace in Europe.