Report: The Benefits that Will Give You the Edge to Attract and Retain Talent

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The Survey

We surveyed the employee attitudes of 2,000+ employees and 350+ businesses to understand: are companies giving their people the benefits they want?

We sought the opinions of both employers and employees to find out:

  • Are employees looking for more than just a salary from their employer?
  • How valued does the workforce feel?
  • Which benefits would they prioritise as the most important to offer?

To support SMEs on their quest to attract and retain top talent, we’ve compiled our survey findings and consulted with industry experts to create a comprehensive report.

Key Findings

Value Gap

There's a value gap, between how valued employees feel, and how valued SMEs think they feel

Benefits Barometer

SMEs are being out–gunned by larger rivals – but with the right benefits can compete

Leading London

London are leading the way on the provision of benefits, and there are big regional differences

Flex & Financials

Employees want flexible as well as financial benefits, and there's clear opportunities for SMEs

Watch the Video

Watch this overview to understand the key findings of the report, including:

  • An interview with Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development at the Institute for Employment Studies, on the research and the perception gaps between business owners and their employees
  • Anthony Vollmer, Managing Director at Moorepay, on the provision of benefits from SMEs and the types of benefits available
  • Insights from top companies, including gin distillers Sipsmith and creative consultancy Emperor
  • Opinions voiced by employees on the benefits they value the most: from buying annual leave to flexible working to bonuses


Find out more

In the struggle to recruit and retain the best staff, are companies giving their people the benefits they want? If you'd like to delve into the findings of our Engaged Employer Report, download it here.


“It’s no coincidence that many of the companies that have achieved the best rates of customer loyalty also have high levels of staff loyalty”

Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development
The Institute for Employment Studies

Webinar Recording

Research Briefing: The Engaged Employer and Winning War for Talent

We’re hosting a number of webinars over the next few weeks that will explore the findings of our report.

To watch a recording of the most recent webinar from the 20th September please click the video.

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