It’s (not) all about the money

When we’re looking for work, most of us think about one thing – how much will I take home each month? But benefits, from healthcare to a decent sports and social club, can make all the difference in mapping out a successful and happy career. Check out our latest blog…

The words of Jessie J’s song ‘Price Tag’ may be ringing in your ears when you’re scouring local sites looking for a new job. At the end of the day we have bills to pay and mouths to feed, right? But overlooking the benefits a company offers could be a big mistake.

Most jobs offer a package of perks or benefits and paying attention to these when considering your options is hugely important. Things like medical and dental insurance can have a big impact on your quality of life. Having a good retirement plan might not seem too important now, while you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s; further down the line, it will ultimately determine when and how you retire.

The top five benefits to look out for when considering moving jobs are:

  • Healthcare and dental insurance
  • Pension
  • Holiday
  • Bonuses
  • Ancillary benefits and wellness programmes

In the public sector a workplace pension is commonplace, but in the private sector this isn’t the case. The same goes for healthcare. It’s not until you actually need these things that it becomes apparent just how important they actually are. Put simply, it can make the difference between going on a waiting list for an operation and being seen almost immediately, or between a retired life of getting by or living in comfort.

These days, as health and wellbeing are more clearly seen as being closely linked to productivity, employers will often provide incentives to get or stay fit and healthy. A healthy body and mind go hand in hand, so don’t discount those gym memberships or a commitment from a company to help its employees to stop smoking or promote the social side of work. After all, we spend a large proportion of our lives behind our desks, so these things are important.

A recruiter is well-placed to help you identify which job will actually benefit you more. Experienced in seeing past the pound signs, they will be able to advise you on the overall worth of a package, and ultimately guide you in the right direction.

A common mistake we see here at Firstcall is candidates believing at a late stage in the negotiation process that the benefits at their current workplace would be the same at another business.

In the current market experienced and qualified staff are in demand so good offers can be achieved due to the scarcity of talent. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about benefits when considering a job. Employers are well aware of their importance and will want to tell you about them. Keep in mind that it’s not all about the money - further down the line you will thank yourself for weighing up the options with clarity.

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