Editor's message: Employers routinely offer their employees a varied selection of benefits to augment salaries. In the current tight labour market, benefits will also form a key part of your organisation's recruitment and retention strategy, and it will be worth checking what your competitors are doing to see if you need to offer a wider benefits package in order to attract and retain the staff you need.
Advances in benefits delivery - largely through the use of flex and voluntary benefits packages, and salary-sacrifice arrangements - have led to many employers offering employees a choice of benefits. As more emphasis is placed on employee choice - and employees come to expect this - we can expect the use of such arrangements to increase.
However, employers still need to keep a lid on their benefits spend. You may also be minded to check that employees are fully aware of, and take advantage of, the benefits your organisation offers in order to ensure you get the most value from your benefits spend.
Sarah McCarthy, HR practice editor
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