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Innogy consulting team switches to Kienbaum

The Innogy team of experts reinforces Kienbaum’s strength with respect to issues of the future

Cologne, April 4, 2019 – Kienbaum Personnel and Management Consultancy has been reinforced by the interdisciplinary team of consultants led by Andrea Kahlenberg (46). This experienced consultant on change and organizations started as Managing Director on 1st April 2019, along with a four-person team from Innogy Consulting GmbH, the i… – Read more




Made in Germany – Made by Diversity: an Initiative of German family-run Companies

Family-run Companies join Hands to stand up for Tolerance and Open-Mindedness

Cologne, 26.03.2019 – Under the slogan “Made in Germany – Made by Diversity”, a total of 50 companies are pointing the way towards greater tolerance and open-mindedness. The joint publicity campaign was launched in March 2019. It included publication of a public service announcement in selected print and billboard media in 1… – Read more




Kienbaum Study on Salary Discrepancies

With Respect to Women: The higher the Level in the Hierarchy, the higher the Pay Disparity

Cologne, 15.03.2019 – The discussion surrounding salary differences between men and women is a subject of great interest to the public. Since the Act to Promote Transparency of Pay Structures took effect in July 2017, the topic has become even more visible.The law is based on the question of whether employees performing the sa… – Read more




Kienbaum Vienna releases study about trends of the supervisory board work

Supervisory Boards — Challenges Demand New Skills

Vienna, February 27, 2019 – The role of the supervisory board is changing, with new challenges and regulatory changes demanding that top decision makers across the Austrian economy possess new skill sets. These are the findings of the study entitled “ErfolgReich sein im Dreiklang – Aufsichtsräte, Vorstände, Top-… – Read more




Kienbaum and kununu presenting benefits survey

Employees Surrender More Than 10% of Their Salary for Fringe Benefits

Cologne, January 31, 2019 – How much of their salary would your employees estimate they would be prepared to surrender if only the right fringe benefit were on offer? This question, aimed at HR managers, forms the core of the current Kienbaum Benefits Survey. A corresponding question, “And what are you actually willing to give up?”,… – Read more




Study by Kienbaum and the DGFP

German HR Departments’ Agility Deficiency

Cologne, December 17, 2018 – More precise: a less fuzzy way of defining agility The concept of agility is frequently used without being precisely defined. In order to be able to compare agility across different industries and companies of varying sizes, we devised a set of questions that measure six different dimensions of agil… – Read more




Kienbaum Austria and DUIHK publish compensation report Hungary

This Year, Hungarians’ Basic Salaries Rose by an Average of 7.5 percent

Vienna, December 17, 2018 – The Hungarian economy is continuing to boom. In fall 2018, employment reached its highest level since the country’s transition from Communism over 25 years ago, while unemployment fell to its lowest level in the same period. That’s according to the 2018 Hungary Salary Report recently published by the HR a… – Read more




first cross globe conference on overseas postings

Sending Employees Abroad in Times of Tsunamis, Trump and Brexit

Cologne, December 3, 2018 – “Is globalization coming to an end?” That was the provocative question with which Sigmar Gabriel began his keynote at the first Cross Globe conference on overseas postings, which was held in the offices of the HR and management consultancy Kienbaum in Cologne. The answer? No – with some caveats. G… – Read more




Kienbaum analyses salaries of German managing directors

Managing Directors Earn 3.4% More

Cologne, November 28, 2018 – The salaries of German executive directors continue to increase, with companies raising executive directors’ salaries by an average of 3.4% this year—the figure for the previous year was 3.3%, according to a recent study by consultancy firm Kienbaum. On average, regular members of the executive management… – Read more




Study by Kienbaim and Stepstone published

Flexible, Hierarchical, Digital? Managers and Employees Experience Their Work Very Differently

Cologne, November 19, 2018 – Workflows are speeding up, people can connect with colleagues around the world in a matter of seconds, and processes are constantly being reassessed: the digital revolution is still ongoing, but it has already had a massive impact on the world of work. How have these changes affected managers’ and professio… – Read more




Kienbaum wins two experts from the media & digital sector

André Paetzel Is Leaving Grey to Become Head of Brand at Kienbaum // Nicole Mai Joins Executive Search

Cologne, October 31, 2018 – In November, the HR and management consultancy company Kienbaum will be welcoming two seasoned experts from the media, digital, and start-up sector to its team: brand and digital expert André Paetzel is starting as head of brand in Cologne on November 1, and Nicole Mai will be joining the Hamburg office as d… – Read more




Kienbaum publishes salary forecast 2019

In 2019, German Salaries Are Forecast to Rise by an Average of 3.1 percent

Cologne, October 4, 2018 – In 2019, salaries in Europe and worldwide are forecast to rise, in some cases significantly. The steepest nominal pay increase will be in Poland (3.8%), with Austria (3.2%) and Germany (3.1%) slightly behind. At the other end of the scale, the forecast salary growth for Switzerland is far lower, at 1.2%. Sala… – Read more




leadership survey 2018 by Kienbaum und StepStone

The Success of Digitalization Depends on Leadership

Dusseldorf/Cologne, August 2018 – Digital technologies continue to evolve rapidly, much faster than humans can adapt, and demand a great deal from professionals in their daily work. Against this backdrop, leadership style is now more important than ever. But what does good leadership actually look like when it comes to digitalization? Germany… – Read more




Kienbaum publishes study on fringe benefits in Austria

Attractive Fringe Benefits Draw Top Talents to Austrian Businesses

Vienna, July 3, 2018 – Whether a company bike, childcare or a fitness studio, fringe benefits are on everybody's tongue. In fact, four out of five Austrian businesses consider fringe benefits to be an important part of their overall compensation packages. It is a well-known fact that monetary incentive systems are effective, but i… – Read more




Kienbaum publishes study on company vehicles in Austria

Austrians Love Their Company Vehicles

Vienna, June 28, 2018 – For Austrians, the company vehicle is still the number-one fringe benefit, with every employee eager to get their hands on one—and one that is as good as it gets. On the other side, there are the fleet managers who want to ensure that there are clear rules for everyone to follow.Between February and Apr… – Read more




current graduate study compares the years 2016-18

What Graduates Want: The Kienbaum Institute @ ISM and Capitalheads Take Stock

Dortmund/Dusseldorf, June 14, 2018 – The graduate study 2018 not only looks at current results but also includes a comparative analysis of the past three years, with clear trends and characteristics amongst Generation Y emerging. The survey was conducted at the graduate conference in Cologne and involved 119 male and female participants.The … – Read more




Kienbaum presents new payment studies

Sales Professionals’ and IT Experts’ Salaries Three Percent Higher

Cologne, June 13, 2018 – The skills shortage in Germany is a widespread problem, with companies fighting for top talent. So much so, that specialists in some industries are being offered high starting salaries and interesting “lock-in offers” by their potential employers. HR and management consultancy Kienbaum took this as an opp… – Read more




Kienbaum presents new study on the first half of the disclosure period

Transparency in Wage Structures Act: Companies Receive Fewer Requests than Expected

Cologne, June 6, 2018 – In Germany, everyone is talking about the Transparency in Wage Structures Act. Since January 6, 2018, employees have, under certain conditions, the opportunity to request transparency from their employer on their salary. HR and management consultancy Kienbaum conducted a study of the first six months of the n… – Read more




Kienbaum Austria publishes study on salary development in Austria

Nationwide, Salaries Are on the Rise—From Graduates to Plant Managers

Vienna, May 28, 2018 – The Austrian economy continues to grow at pace, as do employees’ salaries. When compared to the previous year, salaries this year were a full 3.5% to 4.1% higher. Young professionals starting their careers and senior managers were the two groups recording the highest increases, with an increase in basic sal… – Read more




Kienbaum Vienna publishes study on trends in Supervisory Board work

Supervisory Boards — Values in the Economy Beginning to Stabilize

Vienna, April 17, 2018 – Think that supervisory boards just run on the spot? Or that regulations are paralyzing inspectors? Quite the opposite in fact. The role of the supervisory board is in a state of flux, with new challenges and regulatory changes both expanding and limiting the breadth of responsibilities for top decision makers… – Read more




the demands made on supervisory boards are rising even in smes while compensation is lagging behind

Demands on Supervisory Boards are Rising even in SMEs while Compensation is Lagging Behind

Cologne, April 12, 2018 – The role of the supervisory board in corporate management is gaining in importance, with boards having a considerable influence over the future development of companies through staffing and incentivization of the executive board. Given the valuable role of the supervisors, the compensation given to them fails… – Read more




Kienbaum presents study on board compensation in DAX30

DAX30 Bosses earn on Average 6.2 Million EUR

Cologne, April 4, 2018 – Compensation for DAX30 executive boards grew in the past year when compared to the year before, with executive chairpersons earning 6.2 million EUR on average, a rise in guaranteed total direct compensation of 7.7%. For other board members, the figures were slightly lower, with an average rise of 4.9% on the … – Read more




Kienbaum publishes study about the profile, role, and key skills and attributes of chief digital officers (CDO)

Chief Digital Officers: When Being Successful Puts You out of a Job

Cologne, February 27, 2018 – The world upside down: Managers who do their jobs well are normally rewarded with bigger budgets, more staff or greater decision-making discretion. But for one group of executives, things are exactly the opposite way round: chief digital officers who are successful in their work make themselves redundant. Tha… – Read more




Kienbaum presents study on executive Board compensation

Board Compensation—Highest Total Remuneration in the Automotive Industry

Cologne, February 26, 2018 – The salaries received by board members in German companies are expected to increase by an average of 3.5% over the course of 2018. This would mean board members taking home an average of 451,000 euros per year, even though board salaries in 70% of companies surveyed were lower than this figure on an average p… – Read more




"Trust in Talent": Kienbaum publishes new study

Only One in Three Companies Offer Innovative Career Tracks for Talents

Cologne, January 22, 2018 – Many companies have overhauled their organizational structures, but when it comes to talent management they’re still doing things the same old way. Only one in three companies allow employees to develop outside of established career tracks, and almost 70% have talent management practices that are aimed squa… – Read more




Kienbaum publishes study on transparency in wage structures act

Transparency in Wage Structures Act: 85% of Companies Expect to Receive Requests for Information

Cologne, January 18, 2018 – The Transparency in Wages Structure Act — these words currently hang over some companies like a threat. But as HR and management consultancy Kienbaum discovered in its recent 104-participant survey on the Act’s implementation, it doesn’t have to be that way. Although the vast majority of those surveyed … – Read more