The perks conundrum- The perks employees want vs those employers think they want

03 Jul 2019

London, 27th June 2019 -  Today, Perkbox, Europe’s fastest growing employee experience platform has partnered with TalentPool, the UK’s leading talent matching platform, to analyse the key differences between the perks employees desire the most in today’s workplace versus those that employers advertise the most in job descriptions. 

Based on a sample of 2,315 demographically diverse working Brit and 8,716 job descriptions, the research points towards some promising news. Mainly, that when it comes to perks, employers and employees are to a great extent on the same wavelength. 

The top four perks according to employees were all linked to social events - with extracurricular clubs ranking first (eg. arts and crafts, book clubs) followed by pool table, ping pong table and office sports teams (e.g. football and netball). For employers, on the other hand, social events like the above were the fourth most listed perk in the job descriptions studied. 

Similarly, flexible working ranked in a comparable position in both employer job specs and employee preferences. It ranked 11th in the list of perks that employees want, while for employers, it appeared 8th as the most listed benefit in job descriptions. 

However, this consistency in employer-employee preferences wasn’t visible throughout the entire findings. When it came to private healthcare, it was a completely different story. Private healthcare was highly promoted by employers whose jobs specs were analysed, but it only ranked 15th in the list of top employee preferences. Similarly, Friday drinks only came in 38th place for employees but were advertised in 958 (41%) of the job descriptions studied.

Finally, free tea and coffee, a simple perk for employers to provide - which would help explain why it was mentioned in such a huge portion of the job descriptions analysed (47%) - was a perk appreciated by 84% of the employees surveyed. Surprisingly, the more ‘millennial driven perks’ such as yoga and nap pods ranked nearer to the bottom of the list for both employees and employers in this research. 

Chieu Cao, Co-founder of Perkbox says: 

It’s promising to see employees and employers on the same wavelength for a significant number of perks. However, it is also clear that there is more work to be done. With the key to a successful perks and benefits programme being communicating and asking your employees what they would really value in the workplace, these results are very interesting and relevant to employers everywhere. After all, it’s a waste of both time and resources to provide perks that won’t be utilised or appreciated by your staff.”

Tom Davenport, Managing Director at TalentPool says:  

“Companies today are working harder than ever before to stand out from the crowd by offering their employees the incentives that they think they want. However, what this research reveals is that they're not quite hitting the mark yet. Employers need to be listening to what their prospective and current employees actually want. For millennials, in particular, the perks a company offers can determine whether or not they apply for their job, so it's key for employers to be getting this right.”



(Perkbox Data)


(TalentPool Data)

1. Extracurricular clubs

1. Free Tea & Coffee

2. Pool table

2. Training

3. Ping pong table

3. Private Healthcare

4. Office sports team

4. Social Events

5. Video games

5. Bonus

6. Birth-o-holiday

6. Free/ Subsided gym membership

7. Discounts on holidays, flights and hotels

7. Team Lunch

8. Discounts at supermarkets

8. Flexible Working

9. Free coffee and hot drinks

9. Friday Drinks

10. Discounts on restaurants and takeaways

10. Cycle to Work Scheme


- ENDS -

About Perkbox

Perkbox is a platform that provides a unique employee experience, enriching the personal and working life of employees. It offers a suite of products including a platform with access to best in class Perks, Perkbox Medical, Perkbox Recognition and Perkbox Insights. It serves companies of all sizes from SMEs to large companies such as Whole Foods, Nando’s, Caffe Nero and Levi Strauss & Co. Headquartered in London, with offices in Sheffield and Paris, Perkbox has raised over £11.0 million in funding from the leading European venture capital firm Draper Esprit.


About TalentPool

TalentPool is an AI-powered talent matching platform on a mission to change the way that companies find talent, and people find jobs. It matches candidates with 0-5 years’ experience with relevant roles at UK start-ups and SMEs, taking into consideration a range of factors including company culture and individual personalities. To date over 90,000 candidates and 1,000 companies have used the platform, including Monzo, Beauhurst, Deliveroo, iwoca and Hiscox. Founded in 2015, TalentPool is headquartered in London.


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