The top 10 most read stories: January-February 2017

The top 10 most-read stories on between 17 January and 6 February 2017 were:

  1. EXCLUSIVE: Average gender pay gap for benefits professionals is £24,100

Employee Benefits’ Salary survey 2017 found that male respondents earn an average basic annual salary of £78,600, compared to female respondents’ average basic salary of £54,500.

2. Government sets out strategy to support older employees to stay in work 

The government’s Fuller working lives: a partnership approach report outlines the social and health benefits of remaining in work for longer, as well as the need for businesses to retain, retrain and recruit employees over 50 years old.

3. Prince Harry takes part in London Ambulance Service’s Time to Talk wellbeing event

Prince Harry visited the London Ambulance Service in recognition of mental health awareness day Time to Talk, finding out about the organisation’s voluntary peer-support network and talking to staff about their mental health.

4. Adam Kingl to open Employee Benefits Connect 2017

Adam Kingl, executive director of thought leadership at the London Business School Executive Education, will present the opening keynote address at Employee Benefits Connect 2017 on 1 March.

5. 67% believe benefits would impact their decision to move employer

The changing landscape of talent management report by Equiniti has found that 41% of respondents under 35 believe that benefits had an impact on their decision to join their current employer.

6. Government publishes draft regulations for public sector pay gap reporting

The government has published its draft regulations on the mandatory gender pay gap reporting for public sector organisations that have 250 or more employees, with the main change from previous versions being an amended snapshot date of 31 March.

7. Heinz to give US staff the day off after the Super Bowl

Heinz awarded US staff the Monday after the National Football League’s Super Bowl championship game off work, to avoid productivity slumps and ensure employees could enjoy the big game. 

8. 82% of employers are aware of the Fit for Work service

PMI Health Group research found that 21% of HR manager and director respondents use the government’s Fit for Work service, and 68% find the free health advice provided by the service useful.

9. 47% cite flexible working as the most desirable workplace benefit

Research by CV Library found that 72% of employee respondents do not currently receive any perks at work, although 62% consider workplace benefits to be a key factor when job hunting.

10. Defined benefit pension funding deficit stands at £470bn

The funding deficit for defined benefit pension schemes was £470 billion at the end of January 2017, according to PricewaterhouseCooper’s Skyval index.