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Employee Benefits

One of the effects of auto-enrolment is that it has brought employee benefits to the forefront of the minds of employers and employees alike.

Offering a competitive salary is only part of the picture when looking to retain staff but if your competition is offering a good mix of benefits, and you are not, you will probably lose the battle for talent.

Mix and match

A full suite of employer-paid benefits is going to be the most appealing option for employees, but possibly not for your finances! However, you could try offering a blend of a couple of employer-paid benefits (and you have to offer a pension now!), one or two wellbeing benefits and also mix in some employee-paid options.

Four approaches

In the main, you have four options.

  1. Core benefits
    Benefits that the employer pays for and employees cannot opt out of.
  2. Flexible benefits
    A menu of benefits that the employee can choose from. Usually, employers will provide a base level for certain benefits, like life insurance. Employees can then choose to buy extra benefits or top up the basic benefits at certain set times in the year or after an important event in their lives – such as the birth of a child.
  3. Voluntary benefits
    Employees choose and pay for these benefits out of their net salary.
  4. Salary sacrifice
    This is where employees can sacrifice some of their gross salary to pay for tax-efficient benefits. This is often used to reduce NI contributions for employees and employers whilst boosting pension contributions.

Most employee benefits are viewed as trading expenses by HMRC and the cost of a good employee benefits package can usually be offset by a reduction in the costs associated with staff turnover. You will certainly stand out from your competition when seeking quality staff.


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Box 1 Employee benefits

Non-P11D Benefits""

  • Death in service
  • Pension
  • Income protection
  • Sick pay insurance
  • Counselling or Employee Assistance Programmes
  • Eyecare

Box 2 Employee benefits

P11D Liable Benefits""

  • Personal accident insurance
  • Medical cash plan
  • Private medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Critical illness insurance
  • Clear Understandable Advice
  • Professional and Friendly Service
  • Fair and Transparent

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