Flexible benefits

Early Friday finishes are employees' most desired perk

The most popular employee benefit in the UK is to finish work early on a Friday, highlighting a potential quick win for HR.

Why it’s time to conduct an expense policy MOT

Just before the most recent lockdown, travelling to work was down 44% and many predict that when people do return to the office, it won’t be at anywhere near the same levels as before. As a result,...

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Employees with asthma need more support

Employees with uncontrolled asthma earn around £3,000 less per year than the average adult due to limited work opportunities.

Zurich introduces paid ‘lockdown leave’ for parents and carers in UK

Responding to the national lockdown and school closures in the UK, insurance firm Zurich has introduced an extra 10 days paid leave to help parents and carers balance their responsibilities with work.

Workers delaying retirement plans

One in eight UK adults over the age of 55 who expected to retire in the near future now plan to delay their retirement due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Advertising roles as flexible might not win over as many women as it did pre-COVID

A study for Zurich insurance suggested women are 20% more likely to apply for senior roles if the job offers flexible hours. The research - which was carried out by the Behavioural Insights Team, a...

Could flexible pay become a new trend now we're working remotely?

The current recession - brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic - has created increasing financial uncertainty for many people who are now facing an unpredictable job market and pressure on their personal...

The rise of environmentally friendly employee benefits

Employee benefits have come a long way from a generous pension contribution and free milk in the office.

Employers urged to back gift cards as campaign launched

The government has been called on to increase the tax-free employer gifting allowance in a bid to boost the high street.

Is it time to change benefits?

Working patterns and practices have been steadily changing for many businesses over the past few years however, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated these shifts – with the trend towards...

London could be on brink of ‘urban exodus’ due to pandemic

A quarter (26%) of Londoners have said that they want to continue working outside the capital post-lockdown, adding to ideas that the pandemic could encourage employers to rethink their hiring...

Six in 10 families on Universal Credit forced into debt due to COVID-19

Nearly two thirds of families claiming Universal Credit or Child Tax Credit have had to borrow money due to increased financial pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic