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I’m a jobs expert – 8 brilliant work benefits you’re missing out on


PAID holidays and pensions are perks we all take for granted at work – but with firms battling to attract top talent, there’s a new boom in much more exciting employer benefits.

While nine in ten employees claim work benefits are ‘important to their overall job satisfaction’, hunting down far juicier perks was one of the top three reasons millennials switched roles in 2020.

Many employees want bigger and better perks when looking for a new role

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Many employees want bigger and better perks when looking for a new role

Freebies formerly seen as exotic – such as ping pong tables in the office to free catered lunches and an on-site gym – are now standard.

Instead, bosses are upping their game to offer inventive and unusual perks to attract workers.

So, if you’re bored by your current work perks, here are the eight brilliant office benefits you’re missing out on.

1. Pawternity Leave

Some companies are now offering paid leave for new pet owners, such as Mars or Nestlé.

With Dogs Trust reporting a spike in dog adoptions during the pandemic, this could be just the ticket for those hoping for a better work-life balance for them and their pet pals.

2. Volunteer Hours

Wouldn’t it be nice if your workplace offered you a few extra days you could use for volunteering?

According to a government survey conducted in 2021, 62% of people reported volunteering in some capacity over the past 12 months – so this is one perk that could make a big difference.

3. Egg Freezing

Tech giants Spotify and Facebook are on the list of companies offering money to employees who want to freeze their eggs – eggcellent news, because the price of egg freezing is no yoke! (Ahem.)

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4. Unlimited Holidays

Netflix is just one big company offering unlimited holiday days.

That’s right: unlimited PTO. Just think of the possibilities.

5. Donation Matching

That same government survey tells us that 63% of people donated to charitable causes in a 12-month period.

Let’s hope some of them work at companies that match employees’ donations – usually up to a certain limit.

6. On Site Catering

Yes, 1,000 times yes! Anyone who has suffered the indignity of a soggy sandwich from a plastic lunchbox will know just how valuable a decent lunch is.

This is a benefit we’d be seriously into.

7. Death Dividends

A little morbid, maybe, but Google’s guarantee to give a spouse or partner 50% of your salary for 10 years after your death would provide a serious amount of comfort.

8. Free Ice Cream

Last, but by no means least, Canadian creamery Ben & Jerry’s gives each and every employee three pints of ice-cream.

These quirky perks mean nothing without financial security, mental wellbeing and a decent office culture, so it should come as no surprise that researchers have discovered that today’s young workers value “respectful communication in the workplace” the most.

If you’re looking for a new role that has a brilliant benefits package, we have three to check out below.

Contact Centre Sales Advisor – Stockport,Sky

The Job: The Contact Centre Sales Advisor will be based in Sky’s Stockport contact centre.

What You’ll Do: You’ll take calls from customers who are thinking of leaving or want to make changes to their Sky package.

Benefits include private healthcare and digital GP, Sky pension plan and life assurance, plus an annual sharesave scheme and long service awards.

You’ll Need: You’ll need to be brilliant at connecting with people, have an ability to understand customers’ needs and a passion for selling.

Apply Now: See further details on the Contact Centre Sales Advisor here, and check out more jobs at Sky, too.

Registered Veterinary Nurse, Lydon Vet Clinic

The Job: Lydon Vet Clinic is seeking a Registered Veterinary Nurse to join its friendly team in Birmingham. This is a permanent, full time role working across two branches.

What You’ll Do: You’ll be working as a team, helped by regular nurses’ meetings, to ensure that nurses have their say.

Lots of benefits are on offer including enhanced family friendly policies, your RCVS Membership paid and you’ll get discounted veterinary fees.

You’ll Need: You must be competent across all aspects of nursing including theatre and anaesthesia, radiography and imaging, and patient care.

Apply Now: Apply for the Registered Veterinary Nurse position now, and browse all Lydon Vet Clinic jobs here.

Equipment Collections Representative, Virgin Media

The Job: The Equipment Collections Representative collects equipment from active or disconnected customers.

What You’ll Do: With a set number of houses to visit each day, you’ll be the face of Virgin Media.

You’ll receive a company vehicle, your birthday off each year and pension and medical plans.

You’ll Need: You will need a UK manual driving licence with no more than eight points.

Apply Now: Put your name in the hat for the Equipment Collections Representative role now, and see further opportunities at Virgin Media here.

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