24% think their employer could offer more cost-of-living support

cost of living Nearly one-quarter (24%) of UK workers thought that their employers could be supporting them more during the cost-of-living crisis, according to new research from online printer service Instantprint.

The survey of 1,000 UK employees found that 45% said that pay rises and bonuses would help with the cost-of-living and 44% wanted more education on available tax relief. Almost three-quarters (73%) said that employers in general should be doing more to support their workers with their rising energy bills.

Men (73%) felt more supported by their employer than women (65%) ahead of soaring energy prices. When asked what support hybrid workers want employers to provide, more women (48%) wanted a pay rise than men (43%), whereas 25% of men were more likely to want finance and budgeting training compared to 20% of women, and 46% of males would prioritise education over tax relief (42%).

Only 4% admitted that they are not being supported at all, which translates to more than 1.3 million UK employees, and just three respondents believed that it is not the employer’s responsibility to support them during the cost-of-living crisis.

In addition, 46% answered that better collaboration opportunities and work-life balance were perks from working from the office, with free hot drink facilities and temperature control at 39% and 36% respectively.

Meanwhile,15% admitted their office was not able to provide capacity for the full team should employees want to work from the office during the winter months.

Laura Mucklow, head of Instantprint, said: “With the demand for office space set to surpass maximum capacity for many businesses, it’s important [for employers] prepare [their] space and processes early for remote and hybrid workers coming into the office. If [their] office space doesn’t have the capacity for a full team, [they will] need to find a way to manage the space fairly, for example by introducing a seat booking policy.”