Editor's message: 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 will still need to keep a lid on their benefits spend, and may be minded to check what their competitors are doing to see whether they need to offer a wider benefits package. It is also worth making sure that employees are fully aware of, and take advantage of, the benefits on offer.
Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice
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