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Health insurance is 'one of top five employee benefits'

May 02, 2012

Private medical insurance is one of the most desired workplace benefits, according to a new survey of private sector workers.

A significant number of Britons would like to be offered private medical insurance as part of their employee benefits package, new research suggests.

Aviva's first Working Lives report, which was published today (May 2nd), questioned more than 2,000 private sector workers and 210 employers about a number of issues relating to work and financial management.

When asked about the type of workplace benefits they would like to receive, 15 percent of respondents said they would welcome the option of private medical insurance.

This places health insurance among the top five desired benefits, alongside an annual bonus (36 percent), pension (16 percent), life insurance (14 percent) and non-financial benefits such as subsidised gym memberships and creche facilities (14 percent).

Graham Boffey, managing director of corporate benefits at Aviva, claimed that workers want "more relevant benefits that help them make the most of their money".

He added: "Broader workplace savings and benefits are a cost-effective way of boosting employees' total packages beyond basic pay."

Many workers do not have the benefit of a corporate health insurance scheme, but there are plenty of affordable private policies to choose from if they wish.

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