PMI Health Group Employee Benefits Index 2014

What’s in it for me? Attitudes of UK employees towards employee benefits

Conducted by global research consultancy TNS, our second annual Employee Benefits Index is an in-depth look into prevailing attitudes to employee benefits amongst both full and part-time staff across the UK.

This year, we’ve also looked at attitudes to sickness absence, revealing some fascinating differences in the reasons for which male and female employees worry about being off sick.

Find out:

  • Which are the most popular employee benefits?
  • Is there a London/rest of UK divide in benefits provision?
  • How influential are benefits in an employee’s career decisions?
  • How happy are employees with their benefits?
  • How many employers consult their employees on benefits preferences?
  • How many employees feel under pressure to go back to work early
  • The very different reasons that men and women feel pressurised to go back to work early
  • Sick pay provision

Give me the facts, fast: View Infographic overview of the results

Give me the detail: Read in-depth report

NHS cuts increase the importance of health benefits for workers (02/04/2014)

Two fifths of UK employees feel health and welfare benefits have increased in importance as a consequence of NHS cuts, a recent study has revealed.

However, despite this revelation, 53 per cent of those questioned admit their employer is making no provision to look after staff wellbeing.

The research1, conducted by global research consultancy TNS on behalf of PMI Health Group, also discovered three-quarters of those surveyed are not encouraged by their employer to participate in voluntary health and wellbeing activities.

“Increasing restrictions on treatments and longer waiting lists in state healthcare will eventually see businesses suffering at the hands of NHS budget cuts,” said Mike Blake, Director at PMI Health Group.

“With resulting higher levels of staff absenteeism, it is now more important than ever for employers to look after the wellbeing of their workforce and guard against NHS shortcomings using employee benefits.”

According to the study, workers in the south receive better health and wellbeing care from their employers, with 41 per cent offered health benefits in contrast to just 26 per cent in the north.

“The geographical variation in healthcare provision demonstrates a clear north-south divide in attitudes towards staff health. This could be explained by a higher concentration of large corporate employers in Greater London which may have more resources for wellbeing programmes.”

Traditional initiatives such as cycle to work schemes (44 per cent) and stress management (36 per cent), proved most popular as a means for improving workplace health. Other initiatives employed by companies include free fruit (21 per cent), massages (14 per cent) and allowing pets into the office (four per cent).

Mike added: “Health initiatives needn’t be expensive – hybrid health policies, simple wellbeing programmes and low-cost, high value schemes such as cash plans can offer affordable tools to help improve employee health and reduce sickness absence.”

1The research was conducted online by global research consultancy TNS Omnibus among 600 adults, aged 16-64, who are currently in full or part-time employment in Great Britain. The interviewed sample was weighted to represent the adult population of Great Britain.

Publishing giant turns to PMI Health Group for employee healthcare cover (18/13/2014)

Express Newspapers has turned to PMI Health Group to broker its medical insurance scheme in a deal that has lowered premiums for the publishing giant.

The UK’s largest independently-owned specialist provider of employee healthcare has achieved a 10 per cent premium reduction on renewal for the group, whose published titles include the Daily and Sunday Express, the Daily Star and Daily Star on Sunday. Some 600 employees are covered by the scheme.

“Our employee health cover is at the heart of our rewards and benefits programme,” said Julie Fullilove, Group Human Resources Director. “We are delighted with the provision and value PMI Health Group has delivered us.”

Richard Munro, PMI Health Group’s Managing Director, added: “Controlling medical insurance costs can be a considerable challenge for businesses in the current climate.

“Our accomplishment for this venerated stalwart of the UK newspaper industry however demonstrates what can be achieved by specialist health risk consultancy.”

PMI Health Group has also brokered the medical insurance for West Ferry Printers, a subsidiary of Express Newspapers, achieving a 10 per cent premium reduction on cover for a further 60 employees. The two schemes have been harmonised to simplify administration and offer the same benefits and provider across all business sectors.  .