No matter the industry or the role you choose to work in, be it helping passengers reach their destination in the transport sector or analysing data in financial services, one key aspect to consider are the workplace benefits it provides.

Not only are workplace benefits vitally important for boosting company and job appeal, but they also provide the peace of mind you need to relax when needing to take time off.

In some cases, work benefits can even provide you with the health and lifestyle assistance that might not be available to you otherwise.

But while any business worth their salt will offer you some form of workplace benefits, which specific UK companies and industries provide the best benefit variety for their employees?

To find out, the team at Reassured used Glassdoor.com to analyse just how many work benefits are offered by some of the UK’s top businesses, as well as which industries provide the most benefits to their employees.

We also explored what the most common types of work benefits offered are; all so you know where to begin looking the next time you start job-hunting.

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Top UK companies offering the most workplace benefits

  1. Dishoom / Heathrow Airport - 56 benefits
  2. Kainos - 55 benefits
  3. McDonalds / Fidelity International - 53 benefits
  4. Computacenter - 52 benefits
  5. Ocado Technology / Cisco Systems - 51 benefits
  6. Starbucks / Adobe / SAP - 50 benefits

For anyone making workplace benefits their priority when looking to start a new role, the good news is that there are numerous businesses out there offering a wide range of benefits for employees to enjoy.

In fact, the volume of businesses offering a high number of work benefits was so common in our research that our number one spot was tied between two companies.

Both Dishoom - a chain of award-winning Indian restaurants – and Heathrow Airport offer their employees an impressive total of 56 workplace benefits. And this was still only one ahead of our second-place business, the software company, Kainos, who offer up to 55 job benefits in total.

All three of these companies were then closely followed by a tie for the third spot between fast-food favourite, McDonalds, and the finance giant, Fidelity International.

Both offer their employees an enviable benefits package that includes 53 options, which is closely matched by our fourth-place company, Computacenter, who offer 52.

In our fifth spot, we had yet another tie. Both Ocado technology and Cisco Systems each provide employees with 51 benefits to choose from.

For the sixth spot on our list, there was a three-way tie between coffee giants Starbucks, Adobe, and SAP, all of whom provide their employees with a selection of 50 benefits.

Which UK industry provides the highest number of benefits?

  1. Service industry: 38 benefits on average
  2. Transport: 35 benefits on average
  3. Manufacturing: 27 benefits on average
  4. Digital: 26 benefits on average
  5. Finance: 26 benefits on average
  6. Media: 18 benefits on average
  7. Engineering: 17 benefits on average
  8. Consulting: 17 benefits on average
  9. Biotechnology: 15 benefits on average
  10. Public sector: 12 benefits on average

Now that we’ve looked at which specific businesses provide the greatest number of benefits to their employees, it’s time to look at which industries offer the highest average of job benefits overall.

Based on our findings, and perhaps coming as a surprise to many, the leading industry for workplace benefits was actually the Service industry.

With a mean average of 37.8 benefits offered per business, this puts the Service industry 2.6 benefits higher than the Transport sector, which came in second with a mean of 35.2 benefits.

As for our third-place spot, this was taken by the Manufacturing industry, which has a benefit mean of 27.1. This is despite no transport companies appearing in our top business listings, and possibly hinting that many companies in this sector at least offer a reasonable number of benefits.

Taking up our fourth and fifth positions were the Digital industry and Financial sectors.

While both contained high-scoring companies for specific benefit totals, these industries only delivered a benefit average of 26.2 and 25.9 respectively, which may indicate a wider spread of benefit availability overall, depending on the businesses in question.

What are the most common benefits offered?

  1. Enhanced maternity & paternity leave
  2. Vacation & paid time off
  3. Health insurance
  4. Sick days
  5. Bereavement leave

Finally, let’s look at which benefits were the most common for employers to offer their employees.

Naturally, and no doubt appreciated by many, the most common benefit to appear across our list was maternity and paternity leave, offered by 53 of the companies we studied.

This was then closely followed by vacation and paid time off, which was provided by 49 businesses on our list.

Health insurance, sick days, bereavement leave, and job training were all also offered by a wide selection of companies, reaching a total of 48.

As a result of changing work practices in recent years, at least 45 businesses actively offered working from home as a benefit.

Interestingly, while 39 workplaces stated they provide a selection of mental health care services, something that is not always that common, only 22 of the businesses we looked at had a pension plan, and just 13 had an equal pay policy.

With this information to hand, you should now have a better idea of what companies and industries to look out for should you decide to make benefits a priority when searching for a new career.

However, it’s important to note that not all companies have the means to provide the same benefits as others, especially if they’re smaller, independent, local businesses.

Whilst workplace benefits, just as death in service, can be a great help if anything were to happen to you whilst in that employment, often the proceeds are not sufficient to meet your family’s financial needs.

What’s more, if you were to change your employer, these benefits can't travel with you.

This emphasises the need for many of us to secure our own life insurance policy to protects our loved ones’ financial future.

Here at Reassured, our team of experts specialise in offering life insurance from some of the UK’s leading providers.

We also can offer income protection insurance through our advised business, Reassured.

Get in touch with our team today to see how we could help you, and don’t forget you can read more pieces like this one over on our blog.

Methodology

Reassured sourced the top companies from Glassdoor within the industries of transport, manufacturing, public sector, media, biotechnology, service industry, digital, finance, engineering and consulting.

Reassured then looked at each company on Glassdoor to find the benefits they provided before ranking them and finding the average number of benefits for each industry.

Glassdoor study: https://www.glassdoor.com/research/app/uploads/sites/2/2022/11/Indeed-Glassdoors-2023-Hiring-Workplace-Trends-Report-Glassdoor-Blog.pdf

Please note, the data displayed in this article is correct at the point of publication 15/06/23

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