A study conducted by CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, has revealed that nearly two thirds (65.6%) of Brits don’t receive workplace perks and benefits. This is despite a staggering 84.9% of UK professionals believing that perks are important at work.
The survey of 1,200 UK professionals found that there were certain perks workers are keen to receive, including 55.8% wanting flexible working. Despite this, only four in 10 (40%) get flexibility in their working hours.
What’s more, it found that while 57.6% of Brits do receive staff discounts, only 38.7% value this perk. The study found that the top workplace perks Brits are after are:
- Flexible working – 55.8%
- Staff discount – 38.7%
- Free food – 25%
- Birthdays off – 22%
- Unlimited holiday – 18.1%
Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, comments: “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.
“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!”
The top workplace perks Brits currently 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 continues: “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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