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Our employees are the basis of our economic success. ProSiebenSat.1 thrives on the creativity and the fast pace of innovation of its employees. Digitalization is changing the media sector faster than other industries. For this reason, our corporate culture is characterized by constant willingness to change. Part of our philosophy as an employer is to create personnel-related conditions that support this process and serve the individual interests of our employees.

With an attractive overall offer, which besides market-based remuneration also includes additional benefits, individual development opportunities and a good working environment, we want to acquire and retain committed and qualified employees for ProSiebenSat.1 and motivate them to deliver their best performance.

Development of Employee Numbers

As of December 31, 2017, the Group had 6,483 employees (previous year: 6,565), calculated on the basis of full-time equivalents. The number of full-time equivalents averaged 6,452 in the period under review (previous year: 6,054). The increase of 6.6% was mainly due to acquisitions and reflected the expansion of the Broadcasting German-speaking and Digital Ventures & Commerce segments. In 2017, an average of 696 people (previous year: 570) were employed at ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE. In Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, the Group had an average of 5,335 full-time equivalents in the reporting period (previous year: 4,876). This equates to growth of 9.4% year-on-year and an 82.7% share of the Group’s total employees (previous year: 80.5%).

The average duration of employment increased year-on-year to 6.1 years (previous year: 5.5). The turnover rate in the Group was 12.8% in the financial year 2017 (previous year: 10.2%). These two key figures do not include the international investments in the Content Production & Global Sales segment.

Recruiting & Employer Branding

We set high standards for the recruiting at ProSiebenSat.1. The central platform is the careers portal Since December 2014, the online portal has been supplemented by the digital job recommendation program Talentry, which had over 1,500 users in 2017. It allows Group employees to recommend suitable individuals from their own networks for vacant positions. In many cases, they receive a bonus if the person they recommend is eventually hired. ProSiebenSat.1 also uses social media channels such as Xing and LinkedIn to address talented candidates. In 2017, around one-third of all applications were received via new sourcing channels such as employee recommendations, social media, direct contact, and university marketing. Group Recruiting recorded a total of around 29,000 applications and attended around 70 university fairs and events.

Selected Employer Rankings 2018



Employer Branding Award

Best Employer Value Proposition Germany – Global Players GOLD

Potential Park

13th place (2017: 11th place)

Trendence School Student Barometer

8th place (2017: 9th place)


Media sector
1st place (2017: 1st place)

Talent Management

ProSiebenSat.1 continuously trains qualified junior staff for the Group through various apprenticeships. With our management traineeships, trainee programs, Chamber of Commerce and Industry training, and dual study programs, talented young people have a range of options for joining our Company. We offer specialisms in IT, digital media, sales, marketing, finance, HR, project management, or editorial work. In this way, we create a strong foundation of well-trained junior staff with an extensive internal network and specific company and industry knowledge. In 2017, a total of 158 employees were supported by our Young Talents department. The majority of graduates were then employed permanently. The goal is to take active measures to combat the shortage of specialist staff on the labor market and support ProSiebenSat.1’s diversification strategy with suitable training formats at the Company.

Work-Life Package

Our employees’ requirements with regard to working hours differ depending on what stage of life they are in, their own plans for their life and their working situation. For this reason, ProSiebenSat.1 offers a variety of flexible modules for individually deciding when and where to work in order to support the best possible compatibility of career and private life. Our works agreements therefore aim to promote an appropriate work-life balance. This is supported by teleworking jobs, part-time work, and sabbatical models. On January 1, 2015, we also introduced the FlexTime working hours model, which takes account of the increased requirements in day-to-day work, makes it easier to balance work, family and free time, and offers ProSiebenSat.1 employees more flexibility overall when it comes to organizing their working hours.

At the same time, our staff benefit from several social security and fringe benefits. At the headquarters in Unterföhring, for example, we have been running an in-house daycare center for over ten years. We offer these services to all employees, regardless of whether they work part-time or full-time or are on a temporary contract. Around 70 places are available in total. In 2017, the costs for childcare amounted to EUR 1.3 million. There is also a focus on health and sport. With an in-house restaurant, gym and company doctor at the Company’s headquarters, we cover a wide range of work-life standards for modern employers.


Our corporate culture is characterized by openness and respect. ProSiebenSat.1 values the diversity of individual characteristics, talents, and skills that our employees contribute to the Company. We are convinced that diverse teams are better at solving complex tasks and understanding the different needs of our customers. We therefore regard diversity as an important success factor for our Company. In the financial year 2017, people from around 50 countries were employed at ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany, with 28 different nationalities represented in the workforce at ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE. The average age of ProSiebenSat.1 employees was 36.8 years as of December 31, 2017.

Ratio of Women at Management Levels

For information on the percentage of women in the two management levels below the Executive Board at ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE and the corresponding targets, please refer to the Management Declaration in the Annual Report 2017. For disclosures regarding diversity on the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board, please refer to the Corporate Governance Report.


ProSiebenSat.1 attaches great importance to an open and respectful corporate culture, in which our employees can contribute to the Group’s diversity with their various traits, interests and abilities. We therefore signed the “Diversity Charter” in 2014 with the intention of creating an appreciative working environment free of prejudice. Across Germany, the initiative counts more than 2,800 businesses and institutions with more than nine million employees as signatories.