Financial sector panders to lifestyle needs

Of the 1,200 companies polled, nearly half said they offered extra paternity leave (above the statutory requirement), while in one-in-five provided corporate gym contracts and 16% gave employees the benefit of career breaks, according to financial recruitment specialists David Chorley International.

The least likely benefits, were profit sharing schemes, 11%, long considered the best way to reward staff and the provision of child care facilities,3%.

The most popular benefit remained the company car or the cash equivalent, with more than half of those surveyed still offering this, despite the new CO2 emissions based company car tax comes into force earlier this month.

Last year the DTI set up a special task force to look into work/life balance issues.

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