Care UK launches online benefits portal

Care UK has launched an online benefits portal for its 22,000 employees.

The portal, which was rolled out in December 2013, aims to ensure the health and social care provider’s benefits package is accessible to all staff, particularly nurses and care workers who do not have regular access to a computer during the working day.

The online benefits portal, Care UK Reward, can be accessed via smartphones, tablets or computers.

Employees could previously access to the benefits through Care UK’s intranet site, providers’ websites and noticeboards.

The portal includes access to employee discounts, provided by Next Jump and Perkz, its pension schemes, provided by Scottish Widows and The People’s Pension, personal insurance services and advice about what help is available to people returning to work after time at home with children.

Karen McCormick, group HR director at Care UK, said: “An engaged workforce is crucial to the success of Care UK and we are constantly evaluating the channels we use to communicate with employees.

“This can be challenging due to the fact that many employees are not online while at work. But we have a responsibility to ensure that the people delivering care, and our many remote workers, have convenient access to the same resources as their colleagues who are usually office based.

“The flexibility of the reward portal is what makes it truly useful in everyday life. For example, a colleague out shopping can now compare prices with our corporate discount partners to find the best deal before they pay for goods and services.”