Flexible benefits

Flexible Benefits

Flexible benefits schemes enable employers to allow staff to select the benefits that suit them. Known as cafeteria benefits in the USA flex is seen as a popular way to integrate benefits packages during mergers and acquisitions and at other times of company change. Flexible benefits schemes can include a wise range of options for staff to select from, including tax-efficient benefits such as childcare vouchers and mobile phones or salary sacrifice pensions contributions. The growth of technology means more providers and consultants in the market have reduced costs and bespoke flexible benefits plans have become increasingly popular as a means of offering more tailored employee choice.

Increased costs

23% believe they offer above average benefits

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 | By James Dyble

ORC research: 9% say their package is below average.


86% of financial services employers offer salary sacrifice

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 | By Jennifer Paterson

Thomsons Online Benefits research: Up from 78% in 2013.


LSL Property Services launches flexible benefits

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 | By Jennifer Paterson

64% of staff wanted greater choice of benefits.


Marks and Spencer awarded for flexible benefits plan

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 | By Debbie Lovewell-Tuck

The Employee Benefits Awards 2014 were held on 27 June.

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Flexible Benefits April 2014

Employee Benefits / Towers Watson flexible benefits research 2014

Mon, 31 Mar 2014

The latest trends in flexible benefits.

Flexible Benefits 2013

Flexible Benefits report 2013 weblink

Mon, 2 Sep 2013

Employee Benefits’ Flexible benefits report rounds up the latest trends in the flexible benefits market.


What is the real take-up of flexible benefits?

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 | By Robert Crawford

Take-up rates for individual benefits can vary because of a number of factors.


How to segment flexible benefits communications

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 | By Robert Crawford

Key ways to gain maximum advantage from segmenting flex communications.

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Dixons Carphone looks to harmonise benefits

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 | By Jennifer Paterson

Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse merger throws up challenges around benefits harmonisation.


LSL Property overhauled benefits with flex

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 | By Robert Crawford

Staff focus groups highlighted their desire for flexibility.

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86% of financial services employers offer salary sacrifice

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 | By Jennifer Paterson

Thomsons Online Benefits research: Up from 78% in 2013.


59% used benefits platform to manage pensions auto-enrolment

Tue, 1 Jul 2014 | By Jennifer Paterson

JLT research: Auto-enrolment has changed the view of benefits platforms.

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Buyer's guide to flexible benefits technology

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 | By Alison Coleman

Technology has evolved to transform schemes’ operation.

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Edenred posts financial results for the first half of 2014

Edenred UK Thu, 7 Aug 2014

Edenred has revealed that issue volume is up 12.3 per cent like for like to €8.3bn.

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Personal Group turns 30 and reflects on what was happening in August 1984

Personal Group Tue, 5 Aug 2014

The final touches were being put in place ahead of the launch of Personal Group.


Edenred designs flexible benefits scheme for Labinal Power Systems

Edenred UK Tue, 5 Aug 2014

Labinal Power Systems has partnered with Edenred to help launch a new flexible benefit scheme.

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Biog: John Palman, associate director, business development

Personal Group Tue, 29 Jul 2014

We’d like to introduce you to John Palman who has just joined us as associate director, business development.


Barclays C&ES works with LSL to relaunch flexible benefits offering

Barclays Thu, 17 Jul 2014

Barclays C&ES has helped LSL launch a revamped flexible benefits offering.


Dr Zofia Bajorek: How to make flex schemes succeed

Wed, 27 Aug 2014

Employer promotion is vital.


Angela Wright: Use technology to achieve more flexibility and greater value

Thu, 15 May 2014

Changes in IT have added choice to benefits packages.

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Debi O'Donovan: Tax breaks still drive benefits behaviour

Mon, 7 Apr 2014 | By Debi O'Donovan

Many benefits areas heavily influenced by tax rules.

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