Public sector organisations lead the way in offering benefits such as time off in lieu, flexi time and working from home.
This is according to a study out today by HR and recruitment company Manpower. The survey of 3,500 public and private employers found:
- Nearly 70 per cent of public sector organisations say they offer benefits to attract a wider range of candidates compared to 40 per cent of employers in manufacturing organisations and 48 per cent in the services sector
- 97.1 per cent of public sector companies offer benefits ahead of 89.5 per cent of service and 86.6 per cent of manufacturing organisations.
Manpower spokesman Peter English said: "Although most organisations have good work-life balance benefit policies in place, the public sector tops work-life balance policies offered in other sectors. As a result, it is succeeding in attracting quality employees, and is retaining a happy and motivated workforce, which ultimately results in increased productivity. Furthermore, many civil servants accrue hours and then take days off allowing them to pick and choose their work routines. As a result, the public sector continues to be attractive to work in, not only for the increasing number of jobs becoming available through rising government investment, but because of the special attention it pays to the needs of its employees."