47% cite flexible working as the most desirable workplace benefit


Almost half (47%) of respondents cite flexible working as the most desirable workplace benefit that they would like to receive, according to research by CV Library.

Its survey of 1,000 employees also found that 13% of respondents would turn down a job if the organisation did not offer workplace perks.

The research also found:

  • 72% of respondents say that they do not currently receive any perks at work.
  • 71% of respondents believe all organisations should offer perks.
  • Almost two thirds (62%) of respondents consider workplace benefits to be a key factor when looking for a job.
  • 39% of respondents cite seasonal bonuses as the most desirable workplace perk they would like to receive, 37% of respondents would value extra holiday the most, and 23% want to receive staff discounts.
  • A fifth (21%) of respondents view having paid time off on their birthday as the most desirable workplace perk, 18% would like to have access to free fitness facilities or classes, and 18% cite free office snacks and drinks as the most desirable workplace perk.
  • Less than one in 10 (8%) respondents view parties and social activities as the most desirable workplace perk they would like to receive, and 5% cite a nap or games room as the workplace perk they would most like to have.
  • 85% of respondents admit they would rather receive a pay rise than any other kind of benefit or perk.

Lee Biggins (pictured), founder and managing director at CV Library, said: “It’s interesting to see that today’s modern workforce are shying away from the more whimsical perks that had become somewhat of a fad in recent years. Nap pods and office bars may be popular in some offices, but the majority of professionals are now steering towards the more practical benefits like flexible working and bonuses. It’s concerning to learn that less than a third of employers are offering their staff these perks, especially as employees do take these into consideration when applying for jobs.

“It’s unsurprising that the majority of [employees] would prefer to see a pay rise over perks, especially post-Christmas when money is tight. And while it’s important that businesses are offering workplace perks, these should not be used as a substitute for fair salaries. January was a busy month for recruitment with many candidates looking for a new job in the new year. This is expected to continue well into the next month, meaning employers should take these findings around workplace perks into consideration when looking to attract talented new recruits to their business.”