UK Employee Benefits Market

UK Employee Benefits Market

  • May 2019 •
  • 33 pages •
  • Report ID: 5792302 •
  • Format: PDF
UK Employee Benefits Market

The proportion of UK Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that offer their employee’s benefits is quite low, with only 26.3% of SMEs offering flexible working arrangements to all of their employees. The lack of benefits is even more pronounced when looking at Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) with less than one in five SMEs offering this benefit to all their employees. Three quarters of employers believe that they should be playing an active role in supporting their employees’ mental wellbeing while 7 in ten believe they should help support employees’ physical wellbeing.

While employers recognize the need to support employees’ wellbeing, there is a disconnect in providing benefits that address these issues. Only 19.4% of SME employers offer a cycle to work program and 11.7% offer some sort of gym membership to all their employees.

One of the main reasons that people explore external job opportunities is for better remuneration and benefits packages they would receive from a different employer. People also believe that large corporations are more likely to offer a wide range of benefits compared to smaller ones, which poses a real threat to SMEs whose employees may be tempted to look for employment elsewhere.

We live in an age where traditional career paths are not as prevalent and job mobility is much greater.People are more likely to make lateral job moves, especially in the younger generations.

Employers need to ensure that their company remains attractive to current and potential employees by providing a tempting benefits package. This benefits both parties as employees are happier and healthier and therefore more productive.

The report "UK Employee Benefits Market", provides a comprehensive analysis of the current employee benefits market, focusing on trends affecting this space as well as the challenges employee benefit providers and employers face. The report uses insight from our proprietary primary surveys of consumers and SMEs.

- Companies in the mining industry are more likely to offer a wide range of employee benefits, likely because of the high risk employees in that sector agree to take on.
- Two thirds of employees not receiving a private pension would like one. Pension plans are one of the most important benefits to employees, so employers that provide this benefit will be more attractive than others.
- Three quarters of employers believe they should play an active role in supporting their employees’ mental health. However, only 17% offer an employee assistance program, which is an effective tool in helping employees deal with mental health issues.

Reasons to buy
- Understand the employee benefits market landscape.
- Discover how perceptions of benefits differ between employees and employers in order to tailor your offering.
- Review your strategy by learning about key industry challenges and how to address them.
- Remain ahead of your competitors by understanding how the employee benefits market will evolve in the future.

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