More than three quarters (87%) of respondents value access to legal advice as an employee benefit, according to research by legal services organisation Epoq.
Its survey of 2,002 UK adults also found that 95% of respondents cite pensions as a valued employee benefit.
The research also found:
- 91% of respondents value flexible working, 89% value health or medical insurance, and 62% value gym membership as an employee benefit.
- 87% of respondents cite life insurance as a valued employee benefit, 86% value the inclusion of critical illness insurance in an employee benefits package, and 85% value income protection insurance.
- 70% of respondents value access to counselling services through their employee benefits programme, 41% value childcare vouchers, and 76% value access to financial advice as an employee benefit.
- 83% of respondents value access to help with legal documents, such as wills, through their employee benefits package.
- 41% of respondents have a will, and 45% of those respondents that currently have a will are aged 65 years old or over.
Andrew Walker (pictured), commercial director at Epoq, said: “Our findings indicate that the majority of employees are looking to employers to offer the kind of benefits strategy that educates, enables and empowers them to protect their future wellbeing.
“Against this backdrop, giving individuals access to the type of benefits that will help them protect their interests, such as pensions, health, protection, legal advice and documents, will clearly be a welcome move.
“The need for support [around legal documents] is clearly there and would likely be highly valued, especially when [one] consider[s] that the majority of respondents indicated that they had not yet made a will. Legal advice should include not just helplines, but also online access to tools such as document templates that help people to take action and protect their interests.”