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Better benefits do tempt employees to jump ship

Jo Sellick, Managing Director - Sellick Partnership

The vast majority of working Britons would choose to leave their current employer if they were offered the same salary and role but had access to improved benefits, according to a new study.

The research, commissioned by professional services recruitment specialist Sellick Partnership, found that 65% of the nation would be either ‘very likely’ or ‘likely’ to move jobs if the benefits were better, even if the salary and the role were the same. 

This is despite only 43.6% of the 1,039 participants stating that they were ‘actively looking’ or ‘considering looking’ to move jobs in the next six months. This discrepancy of 21.4% indicates that even employees that are content in their current roles would be open to new opportunities if the offer was tempting enough.

Jo Sellick, Managing Director of Sellick Partnership, said, “The data demonstrates exactly how persuasive a good benefits package is for recruitment, and also presents a valuable opportunity for smaller companies and start-ups. 

“There is always a worry that those who can flash the cash will lure the very best employees to them, resulting in an unlevel playing field across many sectors. However, savvy businesses will do well if they evaluate what job hunters really want and adjust their benefits package to meet or, ideally, exceed those expectations.

“What’s especially exciting for start-ups and small companies is that they can be very reactive to the market, pivoting and adapting rapidly in order to accommodate job seekers needs without having to go through the sluggish administrative mechanisms that large organisations often face.”

The survey also revealed that flexible working options were the most popular benefits among the UK’s workforce. 

When participants were asked to pick the top five most important benefits that they either currently have or would like to have, ‘flexible hours’ topped the list of 24 options with 62.2%. This was followed by ‘generous annual leave’ with 59.6%.

“The survey findings demonstrate clearly that employees are extremely attracted to jobs that offer the best opportunity for work-life balance. With flexible hours and annual leave voted the top two most desired benefits, and remote working coming in fifth, today’s workforce would be highly motivated to join any company that can demonstrate they are understanding and empathetic to the demands and volatility of modern living.”Jo said: “While ‘fun’ fringe benefits such as gym membership, cycle-to-work schemes or dog-friendly offices have their place, they should be used as the icing on the cake, rather than pushed to the forefront of any recruitment drive.

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