UK - Employers are wasting nearly £5bn a year on undervalued employee benefits for younger members of staff, an employee benefits administrator claims.
Research shows white collar workers aged 18 to 30 receive, on average, around 10% of their salaries – in aggregate around £4.7bn – in benefits.
But the study – carried out for WPA Protocol by NOP World Business – found that around two-thirds of employers said career decisions were totally unrelated to additional flexible benefits.
The study – based on responses from 100 HR directors and managers from the UK’s top 1500 companies – showed that junior employees were considered “ambivalent” to benefit packages.
But 96% of respondents said benefits were “fairly” or “very important” for more experienced employees.
WPA Protocol chief executive Adrian Humphreys said “savvy employers” should be questioning the benefit of a standardised reward package – both to themselves and their existing or potential employees.
He said: “The further we move towards a knowledge-based economy, the more important it will be for employers to know that they’ve got the right benefits package in place to motivate and retain good people, at a price they can continue to afford.”
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