Why InnoGames decided to open up about pay

How much employees are being paid is something that is generally shrouded in mystery.

Much of the time staff are discouraged from discussing their compensation, which – among other things – often hides pay disparity based on gender and race.

As a result, there have been calls for greater transparency when it comes to pay. Not everyone is on board with this, but one company which can clearly see which way the wind is blowing is German mobile games firm InnoGames, which published the salary bands for a number of its departments last month.

These roughly laid out what junior, intermediate, senior and elite members of staff earn. It feels pretty comprehensive, too, with “transition” bands, which fit between two salary bands.

This data has been published internally for some time now. Since 2016, InnoGames has been trying to establish “career models” – how an employee can progress professionally during their time at the company.

Once it had established this, it researched the games market to see what different levels of experience within various specialities were being paid to come up with salary bands. Now it has made this information public.

“Our organisation is very valued-driven,” InnoGames’ director of human resources, Dr. Andreas Michael Lieb, explains. “We are living our values. One of those is the idea of fairness [and] it’s also about open information sharing. That’s why we initially said we’d go live with this information, internally at first. It’s also a way to avoid pay gaps.

“By publishing this, people can see what they can earn in a particular role and can then speak on an equal level with their manager why they are earning a certain amount and why they are not being paid more. Employees can then have that discussion on an even playing field.”

You can read the full interview over on GamesIndustry.biz


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