6.7 Benefits

Benefits are a common way of supplementing the employment package. They are often attractive to employers because the value of the benefits is usually not included as salary for bonus or pension calculations.

In addition to pensions, many employers offer benefits such as company cars, life insurance, permanent health insurance, private medical insurance for the employee (and their family), share schemes, gym membership and child care and other incentive vouchers. There is no legal obligation to provide any of these benefits however, although employers must ensure that if they do so, it is done without discriminating against any particular section of the workforce.