UK - Nine out of 10 workers believe a pension is the most important benefit that an employer provides, a survey by Virgin Money reveals.
But its annual Desk Divide study found only 40% of firms contributed to staff pensions as part of their benefits package.
Virgin Money said employers had shifted their focus to incentive-based benefits – and noted that the number of firms offering pensions had fallen.
Virgin Money spokesman Gordon Maw said: “A pension is the perk employees value the most in the long-term.
“It has topped the list of workers’ priorities in our survey every year but less than half of UK employees have a company pension.
“The fact firms have found it harder to provide a quality workplace pension in the last 12 months, seems only to have reinforced employees attitudes to this most valued benefit.”
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