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Paid holiday and flexible working most desired employee benefits

Quirkier perks aren’t as valued as traditional benefits

Traditional workplace benefits like holiday allowance, flexible working and pensions trump quirkier perks like being allowed to take your dog into the office, according to a survey by Aviva. 

Out of a wide range of workplace benefits, 43% of UK employees said they were least interested in being allowed to take their dog into the workplace.

More than a third of workers (34%) also said they were not interested in office entertainment like table football and video games. A quarter said workplace socials like summer and Christmas parties were among the benefits they were least interested in.

Instead, traditional workplace benefits came out on top in the survey, as 43% of people said they were most interested in paid holiday, 41% opted for their pension and 39% chose flexible working as the benefit they are most keen on.

A further 38% wanted paid sick leave and/or critical illness cover.

The survey also found 85% of workers said they would choose a salary increase over an improvement in their workplace benefits.

However, employers had a slightly different view with more than a third (38%) saying they would prefer to improve their benefits package for employees over increasing salaries. 

Colin Williams, managing director of workplace benefits at Aviva, said traditional benefits can help to create the foundations of a resilient workforce and a resilient business.