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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.

901 persons

New Employment (2022)

22.2 % Increase

Female ration in management
(Compared to 2021)

22.4 years

Average length of service (2022)

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

Total Workforce

Total Workforce table
(Persons) 2020 2021 2022
Korea 35,424 35,501 35,847
Overseas 16,784 16,522 17,024
Unionized workers (%) 84% 81% 83%
Total 52,208 52,023 52,871

Global Workforce by Region

Global Workforce by Region table
(Persons) 2020 2021 2022
Korea 35,424 35,483 35,847
U.S 3,169 3,288 3,140
Mexico 2,362 2,243 2,159
Europe 4,861 4,881 4,779
China 4,613 4,317 4,182
Others 1,779 1,793 2,764
Total 52,208 52,023 52,871

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

Female Workforce

Female Workforce table
(Persons) 2020 2021 2022
Female employees 1,356 1,419 1,512
Female managers - 198 242

* Coverage : Domestic site / Reported information on the number of women by position from 2021
* Female workers in management correspond to executives, 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 35,830 (99.953%) 5,044 (99.723%)
U.S 5 (0.014%) 5 (0.099%)
Canada 3 (0.008%) 2 (0.04%)
New Zealand 1 (0.003%) 1 (0.002%)
Australia 1 (0.003%) 0 (0%)
France 1 (0.003%) 0 (0%)
Swiss 1 (0.003%) 1 (0.002%)
Belgium 1 (0.003%) 1 (0.002%)
Spain 1 (0.003%) 1 (0.002%)
Portugal 1 (0.003%) 1 (0.002%)
Japan 1 (0.003%) 1 (0.002%)
Taiwan 1 (0.003%) 1 (0.002%)
Total 35,847 (100%) 5,058 (100%)

* Based on 2022 domestic employees/ excluding independent directors, advisors, etc.

Employee Education & Training

Training & professional development programs

Kia is fostering talent who can create new customer-centered values and businesses based on job expertise. We support continuous and voluntary participation according to the content and methods desired by members, including mobility, DT/AI, professional jobs, Biz. Skill education, learning clubs (learning labs), online content development/curation, and external education (including subscription services)

Detailed Educational Indicators table
2020 2021 2022
Total number of trainees 102,327 109,382 176,796
The number of times per person 2.9 3.2 5.2
Total education investment budget (unit: billion KRW) 7.84 10.54 10.96
Education expenses per person (unit: thousand KRW) 224 305 320
Training hours per person 27 33 36
  • The number of times per person = total number of trainees / number of Kia employees(domestic)
  • Education expenses per person = total education investment budget / number of Kia employees(domestic)
  • Training hours per person = total training hours / number of Kia employees(domestic)

Employee Training Programs

Kia is fostering “Consilience-type" talents who can create new customer-centered values and businesses based on its members' job expertise. And we operate our own job academy, learning lab, regular learning programs, and on-boarding courses, and support external training program is provided.

  1. Job Academy Program in conjunction with Kia’s Plan S Strategic Direction
    - Mobility Academy, DT/AI Academy, EV Class, Professional Job Academy, etc.
  2. Regular learning and outside education centered on learners to promote business trend sensing and field application/attempt
    - Learning Lab, Insight Live, Issue Click, Contents Curation, External Training Program, Subscription Services, etc.
  3. 3. Onboarding process for new employees step by step to understand Kia’s value chain and strengthen mobility expertise
    - Orientation, Understanding Kia’s Value Chain, Understanding Mobility, Completion Ceremony
Job-specific development training programs
Curriculum Number of times Number of employees
Mobility Academy 22 64 1,405
DT/AI Academy 10 13 276
EV Class 3 340 7,891

Leadership Training Programs

We strive to practice/lead the values and behaviors of hunger and foster them as customer-centered entrepreneurial leaders who can contribute to customer-centered organizational innovation and future sustainable growth.

  1. Role Enhancement Program: Programs that help you successfully fulfill your leadership role
    - New Team Leader Onboarding, Performance Management and Inspiring Coaching Training, New Director Course, New Field Manager Course, etc.
  2. Business Insight Programs: Programs that provide learning and business insights related to the latest business trends and internal and external business environments
    - Forum Kia, AI and Mobility Executive Courses, Customer Value Creation Courses, Business Capacity Enhancement Programs, etc.
  3. Diagnostic-based leadership programs: programs that support leadership improvement in conjunction with diagnostic tools and outcomes
    - Understanding and utilization of leadership diagnostics, 1:1 custom coaching, Intrapreneurship, etc.

Reinforcing Sales and Service Competence

Kia operates a variety of training programs to strengthen sales/service capabilities, representatively as follows.

  1. Sales training program: A program that supports job competency enhancement and knowledge of new car functions
    - Strives to enhance customer satisfaction, strengthening product knowledge, and sales skills through the implementation of training programs for global dealers
    ※ The Performance Index (PI), which evaluates profitability of dealers increased by more than 3%p compared to the previous year (2021)
  2. Service skill training program: Service skill improvement and in-depth practice training for new technology
    - Improvement of service skills through the implementation of training programs such as a training for center technicians
    ※ Selected as an excellent call center (19 consecutive years), 1st place in the automotive after-sales service category (9 consecutive years)

Employee Performance Evaluation System

Kia implements an objective and fair performance evaluation system, with a focus on employee performance. This includes KPI evaluations based on management by objectives (MBO), 360° multi-faceted evaluations and also Team performance based evaluation on certain agendas (security, idea competition etc).


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 2020 2021 2022
Total Number of Newly Hired Employees 300 600 901
By age 20-29 years old 168 374 545
30-49 years old 109 210 305
over 50 years old 23 16 51
Gender Male 247 491 743
Female 53 109 158
By region Headquarters 121 240 270
Gwangmyeong 24 71 160
Hwaseong 43 118 228
Gwangju 27 53 127
Namyang Research Lab 3 5 10
Etc. 82 113 106
By nationality* Korea 297 595 900
USA 1 2 -
China - - -
India - - -
Etc. 2 3 1
Internal hires 610 (67.0%) 607 (50.3%) 435 (37.6%)

* Recruitment status by nationality is counted from 2021

Status of Labor Union Membership (Domestic)

(Unit : Persons)

Status of Labor Union Membership (Domestic) Table
Classification 2020 2021 2022
Total member 1,199 1,163 1,200
Rate of membership (%) 3.59% 3.53% 3.51%

Retirement/turnover status (Domestic)

(Unit : Persons)

Retirement/turnover status (Domestic) Table
Classification 2020 2021 2022
By age 20s 49 38 84
30s 49 64 84
40s 54 41 35
50s 832 66 172
60s or more 28 838 1,142
Gender Male 974 1,005 1,461
Female 38 42 56
Total turnover 1,012 1,047 1,517
Total turnover* (%) 2.9 3 4.2
Voluntary turnover 123 107 270
Voluntary turnover** (%) 0.3 0.3 0.8

* 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
2020 2021 2022
Total expenditure
(KRW 100 mil)
6,191 6,217 6,974
Per-person expenditure
(KRW mil)
18 18 21

Parental Leave

Parental Leave table
2020 2021 2022
Male 67 67 93
Female 23 28 35
Return 79 82 118

* Methodology for counting parental leave: Based on domestic employees, Those who have more than 1 day of parental leave in the year
* Methodology for counting the return: 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 (2022)

(Unit: KRW million)

Employee wage table
Gender category Average wage
Male 113
Female 89
All employees 112

* Based on domestic employees