Benefits | Recruiters must offer workplace perks to attract talent

    Recruiters must offer workplace perks to attract talent

    Offering workplace perks is a key way of gaining the best talent, as more and more employees seek to find the best work/life balance offering, as well as benefits such as unlimited holiday and free tea and coffee.

    It is therefore surprising to hear that nearly two thirds of Brits don’t receive workplace perks and benefits. Despite this, 84.9% of UK professionals believe that perks are important at work, according to a study carried out by CV-Library.

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    It seems there are certain perks employees would like to receive as the survey of 1,200 Brits discovered that 55.8% would be keen to receive flexible working, however, only one in four are offered flexibility with their hours.

    The top workplace perks according to the study are:

    Flexible working – 55.8%

    Staff discount – 38.7%

    Free food – 25%

    Birthdays off – 22%

    Unlimited holiday – 18.1%

    “It’s an alarming statistic to find that nearly two thirds of Brits don’t receive workplace perks. Extra benefits are an important part of a job offer and certainly contribute to your enjoyment in a role,” said Lee Biggins, Founder and CEO of CV-Library.

    “When looking for a job, it’s important to have an idea of what you want from it. This may be a decent pay package, suitable progression opportunities and certain perks such as flexible working or a strong pension scheme. This means that you can find the employers and jobs that best suit your needs."

    According to workers, the current perks they receive are:

    Staff discount – 57.8%

    Flexible working – 42.2%

    Free food – 25.8%

    Social events – 25.3%

    Company phones and/or devices – 22.7%

    Biggins added: “If it isn’t immediately obvious from the job advert or the company’s website whether they offer additional benefits to employees, be sure to ask in the interview. What’s more, in 2019, we know that pay isn’t the be all and end all. So, when it comes to negotiating a job offer and the package falls short of your expectation, note that there may be some wiggle room on the workplace perks.”

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