Kent County Council unveils total reward statements

Kent County Council is launching online interactive total reward statements for its 44,000 staff, and is moving its voluntary benefits on to a new platform.

The council has appointed Asperity to run its voluntary plan, after its previous provider HBOS announced it was to quit the market in January.

The new voluntary benefits platform will go live in mid-October along with a number of changes, including the addition of interactive total reward statements which Asperity plans to integrate into the new scheme. It will be the first time that employees will have access to statements.

Staff will be able to go online and produce their own interactive total reward statement by selecting benefits and instantly seeing the effect that taking those benefits will have on their total salary.

Jane Vivier, reward adviser at Kent County Council, said: “The interactive reward statements offer greater flexibility over a normal statement, in that employees can go in and make changes and see how it makes a [difference] to them.”

The voluntary benefits scheme enables staff to receive discounts on what they spend at approximately 1,300 retailers via a cashback system. When a product is purchased employees receive cashback which is then stored in an account for them. They can have this value back via either a cheque payment to their home address in a branded wallet or as a BACS payment. They can also opt to donate it to charity.