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Key Achievements

Kia is a multinational corporation promoting variety in all forms, including ethnicity, age, and gender. We encourage our employees to be confident in their ideas and try new things in the workplace. There are a variety of supports available, including equal chances, a diverse range of options, and high-efficiency smartwork.

477 persons

New Employment

29 % Increase

Female ration in management
(Compared to 2019)

22.1 years

Average length of service

* Coverage: Domestic site
* Female workers in management correspond to senior managers, senior research engineers and senior counsels

Total Workforce

Total Workforce table
(Persons) 2019 2020 2021
Korea 35,469 35,115 35,453
Overseas 16,979 16,774 16,522
Unionized workers (%) 84.9% 83.9% 81.3%
Total 52,448 51,899 51,975

Global Workforce by Region

Global Workforce by Region table
(Persons) 2019 2020 2021
Korea 35,469 35,115 35,453
U.S 3,075 3,169 3,288
Mexico 2,339 2,362 2,243
Europe 5,059 4,861 4,881
China 4,824 4,613 4,317
Others 1,682 1 1,793
Total 52,448 51,899 51,975

* Others : Asia except for China, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa

Female Workforce

Female Workforce table
(Persons) 2019 2020 2021
Female employees 1,259 1,316 1,420
Female managers 117 146 188

* Scope : Domestic(Korea)
* Female workers in management correspond to senior managers, senior research engineers and senior counsels

Status of manager (by nationality)

Status of manager (by nationality)
Classification Total Number (Percentage) G3 and above (Percentage)
Korea 35,435 (99.949%) 4,894 (99.67%)
U.S 5 (0.014%) 5 (0.10%)
Canada 4 (0.011%) 3 (0.06%)
New Zealand 2 (0.005%) 2 (0.04%)
France 1 (0.003%) 0 (0)
Swiss 1 (0.003%) 1 (0.02%)
Belgium 1 (0.003%) 1 (0.02%)
Spain 1 (0.003%) 1 (0.02%)
Portugal 1 (0.003%) 1 (0.02%)
Japan 1 (0.003%) 1 (0.02%)
Taiwan 1 (0.003%) 1 (0.02%)
Total 35,453 (100%) 4,910 (100%)

* Based on 2021 domestic employees/ excluding independent directors, advisors, etc.

Employee Education & Training

Training & professional development programs

Kia offers all full time employees various opportunities for self-development and career development.
Employees can take systematic in-house training according to the growth goals they have set for themselves, and are not limited to participate only in in-house learning clubs but also various types of training provided by external facilities as well.
Therefore if it is necessary for the relevant team's requirements or personal needs, employees can also acquire certifications with the company's support.
In 2021, Kia has allocated a budget of 1 million won for each employee's external training, and an employee can request for additional support if necessary

Detailed Educational Indicators table
2019 2020 2021
Total education investment budget 107.5billion 78.4billion 105.4billion
Education expenses per person 303thousand 223thousand 297thousand
Training hours per person 32hours 2hours 33hours
Total number of trainees 114,130persons 102,327persons 109,382persons
Employee growth system implementation rate - 83.5% 90.0%
  • Education cost per person = total education budget/number of Kia employees (34,565 as of December 2021)
  • Total training hours (MH) = ∑ (number of people per course X hours per course)
  • Training hours per person = Total training hours (MH) / Number of Kia employees

* 2020 key management indicator (KPI) change: 'employee growth system implementation rate' (number of employees who set competency improvement plan / total growth system target) following the introduction of the new growth system

Job-specific development training programs

Mobility Academy

Kia established the Mobility Academy system in 2021. We operated a total of 10 courses with 23 sessions, including Data Translator and Mobility Pioneer, to preemptively respond to the rapidly changing mobility industry and strengthen the company-wide future business capabilities. Intending to operate 21 courses in 2022

Industry-University Cooperation: Preservation/Mold Technology Academy

Kia signed a cooperation agreement with Korea University of Technology and Education in 2021 to provide high-quality educational opportunities and nurture talented people. Since then, we have been conducting the preservation/mold technology academy for about 150 people in the form of an industry-sponsored-educational institution.
As a professional technology training program that cultivates preservation and mold skills that can be used in the field, the finalists are provided with free support for the entire training process, which combines online training for about 5 months (21 weeks) with on-site theoretical and practical training.

License Acquisition Support

Kia supports national license acquisition programs such as electrical technicians by providing in-house training/practice centers and training programs. Between 2020 and 2021, a total of 570 people participated and 183 people obtained licenses.

Leadership Training Programs

1. Key Program Contents

  • Business Management : Presenting Direction, Goal Setting, Performance Management
  • Organizational Development : Securing Resources, Forming Teamwork, Promoting Cooperation
  • Employee Growth : Promoting Learning, Offering Experience, Career Development

2. Curriculum

  • Empowerment Program: Empowerment Program in order to successfully fulfill leadership role (e.g. new team leader on-boarding course, new executives course, new field manager course, etc.)
  • Trend Update Program: Learning about the latest business trends and internal and external business environment (Forum Kia, Insight Forum, Future Competency Enhancement Program, etc.)
  • Diagnostic Development Program: One-on-One Customized Advanced Program by use of Diagnostic Tools (360 Degree Leadership Feedback System, Corporate Culture Diagnosis, Culture Survey, etc.)

3. Leadership Training Achievements

  • Leadership Training Programs provide support for leadership roles and strengthens Kia's leadership pipeline
  • Operation of leadership programs for 470 leadership roles (team leaders, department heads and above)
  • Operation of Outstanding Talent Program for 240 potential leaders

* Scope of Education: Full-time employees

Leadership Training Programs

7 leadership training curricula from the perspective of business, organizational development, and employee growth

2021 Result

2021 Result
Program name contents Target Time participants
Kia/Hyundai Top Leader Exploring the impact and connection of external environmental changes on the enterprise Head of Division or higher 20 8
Insight Forum Expert insight sharing (management/economy, international situation, technological change, etc.) Senior Vice president or higher 2 80
Leaders Learninglab Voluntary small learning groups related to management and technology (mobility, digital economy, metaverse, MZ generation) Head of Group or higher 20 20
Improving executive competency Data-based decision-making process workshop (data leadership, case studies, etc.) Head of Group or higher 11 7
Basic Leadership Envisining/Engagement/Empowerment a new Head of Group 22 23
Coaching Coaching Skills and Self-Awareness for the Development of Coaching Leadership Head of department or higher 45 12
LSV De-briefing Understanding LSV, developing leadership plans Head of department or higher 3 62

Managerial and leadership development training at multiple levels


To lead the future mobility industry, Kia is continuously hiring talented people in new technologies and businesses. In addition, by operating the "Veteran" system for retired employees with highly skilled techniques and experience, the company supports them so that they continue to utilize their expertise and contribute to industrial development after retirement.

Kia operates a reemployment program and a job change support program according to the life cycle of employees who wants to change jobs for career change. In addition to the career change outside the organization, Kia also operates a system for changing jobs through retraining course, if an employee wants to change to a new career(e.g. a job change within the organization), or needs to change his/her duties due to business changes.

Recruitment Status (Domestic)

(Unit : Persons)

Recruitment Status (Domestic) Table
Classification 2019 2020 2021
Total Number of Newly Hired Employees 426 300 600
By age 20-29 years old 226 168 374
30~39 years old 92 82 168
40~49 years old 43 27 42
over 50 years old 65 23 16
Gender Male 335 247 491
Female 91 53 109
By region Headquarters 113 121 240
Gwangmyeong 90 24 71
Hwaseong 91 43 118
Gwangju 23 27 53
Namyang Research Lab 7 3 5
Etc. 122 82 113
By nationality* Korea 420 297 595
USA - 1 2
China 1 - -
India - - -
Etc. 5 2 3
Percentage of open positions filled by internal candidates (Internal hires) 31% 21% 28%

* Recruitment status by nationality is counted from 2021

Status of Labor Union Membership (Domestic)

(Unit : Persons)

Status of Labor Union Membership (Domestic) Table
Classification 2019 2020 2021
Total member 1,244 1,194 1,167
Rate of membership (%) 3.70 3.50 3.51

Retirement/turnover status (Domestic)

(Unit : Persons)

Retirement/turnover status (Domestic) Table
Classification 2019 2020 2021
By age 20s 48 49 38
30s 41 49 64
40s 50 54 41
50s 542 832 66
60s or more 28 28 838
Gender Male 682 974 1,005
Female 27 38 42
Total 709 1,012 1,047
Total Turnover* (%) 2.0 2.9 3.0
Voluntary Turnover** (%) 0.4 0.4 0.3

* Total turnover rate (%) = Number of employees who retired during the reporting period / (Number of employees at the beginning of the reporting period + Number of employees at the end of the reporting period / 2)
** Voluntary turnover rate is limited to voluntary retirees, excluding full-age retirement


Legally mandated fringe benefits

Health insurance, industrial insurance, national pension, employment insurance


Car purchasing/repair, commute bus, fuel, and transportation expenses etc.


Medical services, group accident insurance, physical checkups, health clinics, etc.


Meals/snacks, expenses/vacations for family events, apartments/dorms, personal pension plans, Labor-Management Joint Fund etc.


School and education expenses for employee's children and in-house daycare centers, etc.

Culture / Career-development

Vacation allowance, credits, long-service/retirement awards (travel), sports day, hotels and resorts for summer vacation, etc.

Support for retirees

Veterans program, etc.

Welfare expenditure

Welfare expenditure table
2018 2019 2020
Total expenditure
(KRW 100 mil)
6,091 6,093 6,191
Per-person expenditure
(KRW mil)
18 18 18

Parental Leave

Parental Leave table
2019 2020 2021
Male 67 94 93
Female 55 54 61
Rate of return (%) 98 97 99

* Methodology for counting parental leave: Those who have more than 1 day of parental leave in the year
* Methodology for calculating the return rate: Number of people who are eligible to return to parental leave for the year

Welfare System/Program Operation Status at Kia

Working System

Working System
Classification Details
Flexible work hours Able to work voluntarily within 52 hours per week (average) of working hours per month, Core working hours are 5 hours from Monday to Thursday and 4 hours on Friday
Remote working Implementation of remote work system based on autonomy and responsibility (Varies by place of work and job group)
Part-time working Operate only for some jobs (driving manager 7 hours/day, service manual multilingual translation 4 hours/day)
Internet Phone / Text Service Free use of Internet calls and text messages (200 calls/month) through the ERP system that can be installed on personal mobile devices
Commuter Bus For employee commuting convenience, commuter buses are operated at all workplaces (operating more than 4 times depending on time, on more than 200 routes in total)
Moving Expenses In the event of a change of residence due to a new position, moving expenses are supported according to the distance (transportation expenses, logistics expenses, etc.)
Base office Trial operation of 5 major locations in the metropolitan area and 6 shared office locations in the Seoul area
Operation of in-house laundry / barber shop/clinic Operating free laundry for engineers in Korea Plants to wash working clothes / in-house clinic for employee health care /in-house barber shop at affordable prices

Child birth/Child care support

(Welfare services for children include adoptees and stepchildren)

Child birth/Child care support
Classification Details
Parental leave (women/men) Up to 2 years of parental leave per child (under 8 years old, under second grade of elementary schools)
Maternity leave 90 days of maternity leave for pregnant women before and after childbirth (120 days for multiple fetuses) / Maternity leave for male workers is 10 days of paid leave
Infertility treatment support Provide support with 3 days of paid leave for counseling and procedures related to infertility
Shortened work hours during childcare periods Up to 2 years of reduced working hours during childcare period (5 to 25 hours per week) for each child (under 8 years old, under second grade of elementary schools)
Work daycare center / Consigned childcare facility Autoland Gwangmyeong/Hwaseong/Gwangju and Yangjae Headquarters operate a total of 4 workplace daycare centers
Education support for children with disability Support for the use of special district educational facilities for children with disabilities (KRW 6 million per person/year)
Family leave Up to 90 days of a year can be used to care for the family member due to illness, accident or old age

Vacation support

Vacation support
Classification Details
Summer vacation 5 days of paid leave per year
Pro dream vacation 5 days of personal annual leave can be used with additional 10 days of paid leave for senior managers on the promotion
Long-term employment award 5 days of paid leave available for the 21st year only for employees who have served 20 years of service
Vacation over retirement 30 days of paid leave that can be used for the annual leave of absence is provided in the case of retirement after 20 years of service
Four seasons resort operation Offers member-price accommodation benefits for a total of 33 resorts


Classification Details
Medical insurance National health insurance / Group accident insurance (injury, hospitalization, death, cancer) / Support for hospital expenses for employees, spouses and children (KRW 40 million/person)
Mental care Provide online psychological tests and offline psychological counseling services for employees, their spouses, and children (12 times a year / Designate a counseling center near their residence in connection with the national psychological counseling center)
Healthy snacks Providing meal options such as healthy salads, vegetarian meals, and take-out menus
Regular medical examinations Provision of mandatory legal general examination once a year for all employees and additional examination and recognition of attendance, additional check-ups for employees over 40 years of age (electrocardiogram, thyroid ultrasound, blood cancer test, etc.)
General examination Every 10 years of tenure (every 3 years for those over 40), 50% of the support is provided by the company to one member of the employee’s family every year
Fitness facility Operating Autoland Gwangju/Gwangmyeong/Hwaseong and Yangjae Headquarters fitness center

Life/Convenience support

Life/Convenience support
Classification Details
Congratulatory and condolatory benefits Congratulatory and condolences leave and congratulations and condolences support, Support for mourners and condolences items (garlands, etc.)
Child scholarships Secondary/High School/University tuition, early childhood education expenses, and special education expenses
Housing support fund Support for up to KRW 60 million in housing funds (purchase/jeonse*) by length of service
*lump-sum housing lease
Staff apartment Operates 482 households near Autoland Gwangmyeong and 536 households near Autoland Hwaseong
Appointment and moving Support for household items and family relocation expenses for employees who move out over a certain distance
Vehicle discount Vehicle discount support according to years of service
Points Payment of welfare points and self-development points and operation of employee shopping malls
Partnership discounts Affiliate discounts for hotel/resort accommodation and shopping through a year-round

Culture support

Culture support
Classification Details
Clubs Support for monthly club activity expenses


Classification Details
Guaranteed salary in case of sick leave Partial compensation for sick leave or sick leave due to physical or mental disability or disease (varies by period)
In case of industrial accidental leave due to work-related injuries or diseases, compensation is paid in addition to the amount paid by the Korea Labor Welfare Corporation (30% of normal wages)

Employee wage (2021)

(Unit: KRW million)

Employee wage table
Gender category Average wage
Male 102
Female 79
All employees 101

* Based on domestic employees