Employee benefits consultants not always offered perks

More than a third (35%) of employee benefit consultants are not offered an employee benefits package by their own employers, according to research by MetLife Employee Benefits.

Its research, which surveyed 121 benefits consultants in January 2013 also found that 33% of respondents are offered employee benefits in addition to an employer pension scheme.

Around 31% of the consultants surveyed were sole traders or self-employed so did not have access to an employee benefits package.

The research also found that consultants do recommend taking advantage of benefits. For example:

  • 54% of respondents said they always recommend clients to take employee benefits offered by their employer.
  • 42% of respondents make their recommendation based on the price of the benefits.

Tom Gaynor (pictured), employee benefits sales director at MetLife UK,said: “There is general acceptance that a well-designed employee benefits package increases staff loyalty and helps retain talented employees.

“Clearly, however, cost is an issue for both employers providing employee benefit packages and for the consultants that advise clients on whether to take up the benefits offered.”