UK - Risk and healthcare benefits are becoming a key way to retain and attract skilled staff, a senior benefit consultant says.
Adrian Fisher – who was recently appointed Thompson’s Benefit Consultants group risk and healthcare director – said health-related employee benefits were attracting a “growing appreciation” among firms.
Offerings such as death-in-service benefits, income protection and healthcare – particularly medical insurance and private cover – were among the leading choices.
He said: “Risk and healthcare services have for too long been viewed simply as the provision of product-based insured benefits.
“It is reassuring to see a growing appreciation of their role in attracting and retaining employees and controlling employee-related costs.”
Fisher, who was formerly head of Aon Consulting’s UK healthcare division and has more than 17 years’ experience in the healthcare market, said his first task at Thompson’s would be to review activity in the sector and assess its service to existing clients.
He will then look to develop and grow the division with a range of additional services such as reward and recognition and absence management benefits.
Thompson’s managing director Chris Isard said: “The backing of such a strong parent company and the continued growth of our team – exemplified by candidates such as Fisher – confirms our market-leading position in the employee benefits sector.”
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