Cost of living crisis – how can employers help?

The cost of living crisis is having an impact on all of us and with energy prices soaring and winter looming, lots of people are genuinely worried about how they are going to afford to heat their homes and put food on the table. I have seen lots of articles recently with examples of how […]

Keeping up with the Joneses

The Oxford Dictionary definition of ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ is ‘try to emulate or not be outdone by one’s neighbours’. When relating this famous phrase to the recruitment and retention of talent within the workplace arena, this often used saying could not be more accurate. As an employer, what are the things that differentiate […]

Finance Bill confirms minimum pension age rise

The recently published Finance Bill confirmed an increase in the minimum pension age to 57 from April 2028. However there could be changes between the Finance Bill becoming the Finance Act. Individuals do not have the ability to protect a retirement age of 55. However schemes that had the right to take benefits at 55 in their […]

What happens to your pension during your maternity leave

If you’re planning to take time out of work to have a baby, chances are your pension isn’t high on your list of immediate priorities. Ensuring your finances are in order is as essential as preparing for being a new parent and the sleepless nights. In addition to your maternity pay, it’s important to think […]

Cash back for essential healthcare

Now, more than ever, we need to be putting focus on our health. I think we can all agree that we are very lucky to have the NHS who we can rely on for free healthcare when we need it. However, there are certain healthcare elements which we don’t have free access to, dental treatment […]

Why employers should make benefits relevant to maximise staff engagement

The world of employee benefits never stands still. The pandemic hastened developments, and there has never been more choice. The dilemma is which ones should employers offer their staff? The most important thing is to make them relevant, targeted and personalised to your own particular workforce. As one leading HR Director says: ‘Personalised offerings provide […]

Let’s talk

One of the (many) things I love about my job is the variety of opinions that I canvass when speaking with existing and potential new employers. It is clear from conversations that I have with employers from different industries, locations, and who have varying employee demographics that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach […]

Aligning employee benefits with business objectives

There is something very satisfying about setting out objectives, and never more so than when setting out objectives for your business. The next step is to make sure that every aspect of running your business is aligned with those objectives. And that includes reward and remuneration packages: one of the biggest costs for any business, […]

Increasing transparency in pensions’ information

You know you have a problem when the Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, Guy Opperman says: ‘For too long pensions have been shrouded in complexity and technical jargon, limiting people’s understanding of their savings and hampering their retirement planning.’ To be fair, I completely agree with him and make him absolutely correct! Historically pension […]