It seems that UK employers are increasingly offering a wider choice of flexible benefits to staff in order to recruit and retain employees with sought-after skills. Research firm Computer Economics, in its survey of 500 companies, has found that the proportion of employers offering flexible benefits rose from 30% in 2004 to 43% in 2005. A spokesperson for the organisation has highlighted that employers are now realising that they need to improve their benefits if they want to be thought of as an employer of choice.
Companies are now more likely to afford staff the opportunity to work from home with the survey indicating that 77% of the companies offered this in 2005 as compared to 63% in 2004. The provision of childcare arrangement was similarly found to have increased to 29% in 2005 as compared to 19% in 2004 as companies seek to encourage women to return to work following maternity leave.