Editor's message: Voluntary benefits plans allow employees to purchase goods and services themselves, but at a discount organised by the employer. They are a useful way to enhance the benefits package, often at little or no cost to the employer.
Voluntary benefits should be integrated with the overall reward strategy. A scheme could be administered by the organisation itself - or a third-party supplier may be used.
Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice
As the labour market remains tight, benefits packages have become a key part of organisations' recruitment and retention strategies. Our research shows the types of benefits employers have on offer.
In a time of low pay awards, employers can really enhance their reward offering through the benefits package they offer. Our research investigates the use of around 40 different benefits.
Giving employees a choice of benefits, and delivering them in the most cost-efficient manner, are key themes emerging from this year's survey of employers' benefits and allowances packages.
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Practical guidance on setting up a voluntary benefits scheme as part of the organisation's reward strategy.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to voluntary benefits.