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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
(Percentage)
Korea 35,469 35,115 35,453
(68.2%)
U.S 3,075 3,169 3,288
(6.3%)
Mexico 2,339 2,362 2,243
(4.3%)
Europe 5,059 4,861 4,881
(9.4%)
China 4,824 4,613 4,317
(8.3%)
Others 1,682 1 1,793
(3.4%)
Total 52,448 51,899 51,975
(100%)

* 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

Status of manager
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

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

Employment

Recruitment Status (Domestic)

(Unit : Persons)

Recruitment Status (Domestic) Table
Classification 2019 2020 2021
By age 20-29 years old 237 167 309
30~39 years old 69 70 147
40~49 years old 36 15 20
over 50 years old 53 157 0
Gender Male 307 357 396
Female 88 52 81
By region Headquarters 94 87 168
Gwangmyeong 67 75 69
Hwaseong 89 77 107
Gwangju 19 82 53
Namyang Research Lab 12 3 7
Etc. 114 85 73
Total 395 409 477
By nationality* Korea - - 474
USA - - 1
China - - 1
India - - 1
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 1,253 1,199 2,423
Rate of membership (%) 35 3.4 6.8

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

Welfare

Legally mandated fringe benefits

Health insurance, industrial insurance, national pension, employment insurance

Vehicles/transportation

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

Safety/health/hygiene

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

Living

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

Education

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

Employee wage (2021)

(Unit: KRW million)

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

* Based on domestic employees