Protection  

Employers ‘not prioritising staff welfare’

The marketing director of Canada Life said: “Workplace benefits are a vital part of staff recruitment and retention, and can help avoid potential disaster if an employee falls ill or receives an injury and is unable to work.

“Employers should evaluate their benefits packages regularly to ensure they are doing all they can for their staff to maintain a happy and productive workforce.”

His comments come as a poll from the provider found that more than a quarter, 26 per cent, of UK workers receive no workplace benefits. Only one in 10 employees’ incomes are protected from illness or injury, and less than half, 42 per cent, of employees who suffered with stress in 2013 received support.

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More than one in eight approached their employer with stress-related problems but were not given any help.

Canada Life reported that despite auto-enrolment highlighting workplace benefits, the proportion who receive these has risen by only 6 per cent since the end of 2012.

In 2012, 73 per cent of employed men said they received workplace benefits. In 2013, this has fallen to 71 per cent. By contrast, three quarters of female employees now receive workplace benefits, a 10 per cent increase since Q4 2012.

Pensions are the most common benefit, with 45 per cent of workers citing this.

Who gets what?

In 2012, 73 per cent of employed men said they received workplace benefits. In 2013, this has fallen to 71 per cent.

By contrast, three quarters of female employees now receive workplace benefits, a 10 per cent increase since Q4 2012.

Pensions are the most common benefit, with 45 per cent of workers citing this.

Source: Canada Life

Adviser view

Alistair Imrie of Edinburgh-based A1 Financial Solutions, said: “Employers should be doing as much as possible to support their employees and in a perfect world they would. But the reality is that it has been a tough five years with the recession, and now they are dealing with auto-enrolment, so some employers are struggling.”