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Benefits can make all the difference

25-09-2017

Benefits can make all the difference

Being part of the Wirehive100 is an absolute pleasure for Blue Tree and this will be the 3rd year we have sponsored the awards.  As we focus on recruiting staff mainly outside of London, we are delighted to be part of celebrating the outstanding creative and technical talent that the South of England has to offer.  When speaking to candidates who are looking for their next career opportunity, increasingly salary is not the only focus, it is a key priority, however, they are also looking for attractive non-salary benefits. The demand for experienced candidates has led to the best in their field having multiple job offers and the benefits and reputation of a business makes a real difference when it comes to making their decision.

The majority of candidates are looking for the whole package, to work for a company where they can have a true work life balance. Competition is fierce for the most experienced and knowledgeable candidates in the market and they want to know they are joining forward thinking companies that offer training, career development and bonuses.

Flexible working hours are high on their list as well as more than the 20 days holiday a year (plus bank holidays), as well as additional voluntary pension contributions and life assurance.

Development programmes are used by companies as a way of keeping staff retention high. Also bonus schemes, team nights out, private healthcare and car allowance schemes for senior staff members are on the top of their benefit lists and below are examples of standard benefits offered by our clients.

  • Performance related bonus
  • Christmas bonus
  • Flexible working hours
  • Annual bonus
  • Training programmes
  • Christmas party
  • Good social scene after work
  • Break out space
  • Free coffee and toast in the morning!
  • Annual away day
  • Free theatre tickets
  • Summer party
  • Cinema club
  • Onsite massages
  • Private health care
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Death in service insurance
  • Car allowance for senior personnel

The ability to have a good work-life balance means retaining the talent you already have and not losing them to the competition. In a recent survey from The Boston Consulting Group, it clearly demonstrates how important it is for employees to be appreciated in their job, coming above salary expectations.

10 Top Factors for Happiness in a Job

  1. Appreciation for your work
  2. Good relationships with colleagues
  3. Good work-life balance
  4. Good relationships with superiors
  5. Company’s financial stability
  6. Learning and career development
  7. Job security
  8. Attractive fixed salary
  9. Interesting job content
  10. Company values