POSTED: January 31 2017
Employees reveal the top workplace perks that they’re after this year

Employees reveal the top workplace perks that they’re after this year

New research from the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library, reveals just how important workplace perks are to UK workers, with nearly two thirds (62.1%) of professionals stating that they consider these to be a key factor when looking for a job. Furthermore, just over one in 10 (12.6%) said that they would turn down a job if the company didn’t offer workplace perks.

The survey of 1,000 professionals also revealed that nearly three quarters of UK professionals (71.8%) aren’t currently receiving any perks at work. This is despite 70.5% of workers believing that all business should offer them. When asked what they’d like to receive, the most desirable workplace perks were:

1. Flexible working (47.2%)
2. Seasonal bonuses (39.1%)
3. Extra holiday (37.3%)
4. Staff discounts (22.6%)
5. Paid time off on your birthday (21.3%)
6. Casual dress code (19.8%)
7. Free fitness facilities or classes (18%)
8. Free office snacks and drinks (18%)
9. Parties and social activities (8%)
10. Nap or games room (5.2%)

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments: “It’s interesting to see that todays’ workers are shying away from the more whimsical perks that have become somewhat of a fad in recent years. For example, ‘nap pods’ and ‘office bars’ are being shunned in favour of the more practical benefits, like flexible working and bonuses. However, it’s concerning to learn that less than a third of workers are receiving these perks: during the job search candidates should be sure to look out for companies that are offering the full package.”

Workers also revealed the top perks that they receive in their current jobs, with staff discounts (42.9%), casual dress codes (40.5%) and flexible working (38.1%) topping the list. But despite stating that these perks are important to them, a staggering 85% of professionals admitted that they would rather see a pay rise than receive other kinds of benefits or perks.

Biggins continues: “It’s unsurprising that the majority of workers would prefer to see a pay rise over perks, especially post-Christmas when money is tight. And while workplace perks are important, these should not be offered as a substitute for fair salaries. Many professionals will be looking for a new role this January, and it’s important to take these perks into consideration when applying for jobs, as these are often a sign of good company culture and an employer that appreciates their staff.”

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