Benefits and flexible working are ever more important to recruiting and retaining staff, new Appointments Personnel research shows

Perks and benefits are becoming ever more important in the workplace in 2019, according to new research by Staffordshire recruitment agency Appointments Personnel.

From small gestures such as free tea and coffee, dress down days through to flexible working and the chance to gain extra holiday leave, incentives are becoming ever more important.

A massive 92% of employees surveyed told Appointments Personnel that the benefit of flexible and personalised packages would influence future decisions when hunting for a job.

“Traditionally companies simply looked at the rate of pay as an incentive and that is always the key factor but there’s been a sea change with staff now placing added value on their work environment,” said Emma Bonfiglio, Managing Director of Appointments Personnel.

“We now regularly visit new workplaces where there’s everything from a well-equipped kitchen to a rest area complete with video games and a table tennis table.”

Appointments Personnel regularly survey employers in Staffordshire and South Staffordshire. The topic of employee benefits produced fascinating results, as shown in the infographic, below.

Significantly, 62% of employees said that an increase or revamp of benefits would increase the likelihood of them staying with their current employer.

Added Emma: “When employers implemented a range of small changes such as free fresh fruit and hot drinks, team treats and recognition for small positive acts in the workplace, they reported an increase in productivity.

“Employers may sometimes say they struggle to attract the right talent but they may be missing some easy answers. In  2019, more than ever before an attractive benefits package is needed to attract the right candidates and then is also needed to retain staff. This research shows employees want non-salary benefits and the opportunity to work flexibly with reasonable work life balance, if the job allows this.

Emma said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part. By doing so, they are supporting the collating of real time data which gives a valuable insight into business and employment trends”. The full report can be downloaded free of charge from the Appointments Personnel website:


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Notes to Editors: Appointments Personnel was founded in 1998.Based at Parklands Business Park , Stoke-on-Trent, Appointments Personnel has an experienced team specialising in areas including accountancy & finance, office support, technical, managerial and specialist role recruitment.