More than a fifth of small business owners offer no employees benefits

Small businesses are suffering a staff brain drain with nearly one in five workers quitting each year for new jobs blaming poor employee benefits, according to research from Pure Benefits.

The study by the company found 18% of staff – around 450,000 a year – have switched in the past five years saying a lack of benefits was a major reason.

Small businesses with fewer than 50 staff employ more than 12.4m across the UK and have total annual turnover of more than £1.2 trillion but struggle to source employee benefits such as life insurance, income protection and private medical insurance for staff, Pure Benefits warns.

Its research found that 63% of small business owners are confused by the employee benefits options on offer and don’t know how to find cost-effective solutions for staff. More than a fifth of owners (22%) say they do not offer any benefits.

Stuart Gray, founder and chairman of Pure Benefits, said,

“The small business brain drain is a growing issue for small companies with nearly one in five staff leaving every year simply because they are not receiving the benefits the big firms provide. That is a major brake on the ambitions of small business owners who our research shows are committed to expansion. Around 80% of companies told us they want to grow while 47% say they want to protect their business. Well-designed and cost-effective employee benefits are a major driver in enabling businesses to grow and ensure staff feel valued and are more productive as a result.”

Petaurum Solutions’ Comment

Fascinating research and the truth is, it’s really not expensive to get a great Employee Benefits Scheme in place. We have designed a tailored package of benefits that employees can access through our online portal, Benefits Lite. With a range of different options, dependent on your business size and objectives, including the ability to personalise the solution with your own branding, we also offer a range of added extras in addition to the standard discounted devices, products and exclusive offers that are available online; childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, gym membership, discounted dining and health plans are just some of the options available. Doing nothing is the expensive route as it will cost you in the long terms in relation to high employee turnover and lost productivity. Call us and we will help you invest in the right solution for you.

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