Commentary and analysis

All items: Pay and benefits

  • How paid internships can help boost productivity and cut recruitment costs

    Date:
    19 July 2018

    Hiring an intern can bag you a motivated member of staff with fresh ideas and new skills: a boost to productivity and your employer brand. Emma Page looks at why interns are worth paying for.

  • How employee benefits can keep gig workers engaged

    Date:
    29 June 2018

    As more organisations choose to use 'gig' workers, the workforce is becoming increasingly isolated. But how do employers keep them engaged? David Walker, chief commercial officer at Personal Group, explains how benefits can help.

  • Pret's £1,000 employee bonus: Do short-term rewards achieve anything?

    Date:
    5 June 2018

    The new owners of sandwich chain Pret A Manger have promised a £1,000 bonus to all employees who are on the payroll when the deal completes. But does a one-off cash bonus actually foster engagement, asks Ian MacRae?

  • Could universal basic income ever take off in the UK?

    Date:
    22 May 2018

    Universal basic income has been described as everything between a utopian ideal and "dangerous nonsense", but with a trial due to take place soon with local authorities in Scotland, how likely is it that it could become a reality in the UK? Jo Faragher investigates.

  • Would flexible access to salaries help financial wellbeing?

    Date:
    11 May 2018

    Could giving employees access to their salaries as they earn, rather than making them wait until pay day, be the answer to reducing financial stress? Simon Draper of Hastee Pay explains how instant access to their pay could benefit both employers and employees.

  • How to prevent wellbeing from becoming a box-ticking exercise

    Date:
    26 April 2018

    Employee wellbeing benefits don't require large budgets - listening to what employees want and getting regular feedback on existing benefits packages will go a long way towards fostering a healthy and happy workforce, explains Marianna Roach.

  • How technology can transform employee healthcare

    Date:
    25 April 2018

    Healthcare is moving from reactive to preventative as new technology allows for speedier diagnoses than ever before. This is good news for employers and employees, writes David Bourne.

  • CDC pensions: Could going Dutch be the future?

    Date:
    24 April 2018

    Final salary pensions are now a rarity, with most employers opting for defined contribution schemes where the employee takes all the risk of poor stock market performance. But there may be another way. Stephanie Hawthorne investigates.

  • Why the right benefits can help in the new war for talent

    Date:
    13 February 2018

    Employee experience has become a watchword for employers looking to recruit and retain the best staff and avoid high turnover. But they need to do more than offer juice bars and gym memberships, according to Jack Curzon of Thomson Online Benefits.

  • How health insurance can help employers compete in the race for talent

    Date:
    18 January 2018

    Employees' expectations of how their employer will support their physical and mental health are growing. Sheldon Kenton from Bupa considers how employers can ensure they're offering the right mix of health benefits to their globally mobile workforce.

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