2. Wider diversity and inclusion statistics are being captured
78 per cent of respondents monitor the differences in gender pay. Succession planning was widely reported as a means of addressing imbalances in the make-up of senior leadership that can redress the balance in the long-term. 47 per cent are conducting further analysis into Gender Pay in their businesses. More people are also considering an Equal Pay Audit based on their results, to identify the drivers behind their figures and how they can tackle them.
38 per cent are monitoring their ethnicity figures; 18 per cent are monitoring age-related data; and 15 per cent are considering those who have a disability. Around one in five are planning to analyse the demographics of their workforce from an age perspective; with one third looking into ethnicity and one third also planning to consider the percentage of their workforce with a disability. We are also exploring the different initiatives that companies have in place which we will explore in detail in our survey report.
3. Benefits are being used to mitigate pay reviews
Around half of respondents review their benefits provision annually. One in five review this every other year to ensure that they are selecting the right packages and they are using this to remain competitive. 44 per cent offer flexible benefits and 19 per cent have improved their benefits provision to mitigate their pay review being constrained.
Many employers seem to be looking at benefits packages in order to attract and retain talent – ensuring that they are addressing physical, mental and financial wellbeing by offering innovative benefits. Hybrid working and greater options around leave arrangements are consistently being referenced by respondents as the benefits most valued by their employees. Equally, leave policies are being reviewed around a greater number of life events that there is more awareness around, such as the menopause, bereavement and carer responsibilities. Greater flexibility and the opportunity to bring one’s whole self to work with support from an employer is being facilitated by benefits packages.
4. Organisations continue to define ‘hybrid working’
The return to the office was a key topic in our spring survey in 2021, with most employers anticipating that employees would return two to three days a week by the end of last year. Hybrid working is a model that is still being worked out by many employers as they try to balance the requirements of clients with the requirements of their employees. For employees returning to the office, many have agreed this at team level, with few being resistant to return in some capacity. In our report, we will publish the breakdown of the average hours being spent in the office by respondent employers.
86 per cent either ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ that hybrid working will become the norm in the workplace. Only around one in five have experienced difficulties with line managers effectively managing their remote team. We will explore the extent to which businesses are seeing employees return to the office, but early indications are that this varies widely. The report will also explore the impact that the return to the office has had on sick days being taken by employees.