Flexible working seen as top workplace benefit to UK workers

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A survey of 1,000 UK workers has identified the top benefits that workers want to see offered by their employer. Flexible working topped the list with half of the respondents (48 per cent) saying it should be offered as standard by UK companies. Flexible working was rated as more important than pension schemes and performance bonuses.

The full list of the top five desired workplace benefits:

  1. Flexible working (48 per cent)
  2. Pension schemes (44 per cent)
  3. Performance bonuses (34 per cent)
  4. Matching pension contributions (34 per cent)
  5. Free food and drink (29 per cent)

Two-thirds (66 per cent) of survey respondents stated that the benefits offered to them were either as important or more important than their basic salary. Half (49 per cent) go as far as to say they’d actually completely reconsider applying for a job based on the company perks on offer. Over one in ten (14 per cent) say they’d actually take an increase in benefits over a pay rise.

Some of the most notable differences exist between men and women

Males expressed a preference for financial-based rewards, with 48 per cent saying pension schemes should be offered as standard, and 36 per cent saying employers should match workers’ contributions. In contrast, just 42 per cent of females saw a pensions scheme as something that should be given as standard and only 31 per cent say employers should match pension contributions.

It’s also important for employers to recognise the long service of committed workers. Almost one-third of Brits believe that perks such as flexible working should be increased with length of service. 28 per cent also said the same about pension schemes and 27 per cent about performance bonuses.

The study was carried out by corporate gift suppliers Adler.