Another positive indicator was the relative stability of the conflict index (the number of employees in an organisation undergoing formal procedures), and no increase in the number of tribunal claims and early conciliation requests received by respondents.
Less positive was the fact that whilst voluntary turnover remained relatively stable, respondents reported increased global turnover which is more likely to be attributable to an increase in dismissals (including redundancies). This, coupled with the reversal of several of the previous year’s trends in relation to size, subsector, and location, suggests that the previous year has been a turbulent one for a number of organisations.
The Barometer also revealed some key trends in terms of benefits provision within the sector. 100% of respondents enhanced holiday entitlement for their staff, with over 50% offering 29 days holiday or more. 90% offered an enhanced sick pay provision, with over one third of respondents paying an enhanced rate for 12 months.
Around three quarters of respondents offered an enhanced maternity pay package, and enhanced pension scheme, and over half offered co-parental pay at greater than the statutory rate. However, it was much less common to enhance shared parental pay, with under a quarter of respondents choosing to do this. Where shared parental pay was offered, it was at the same rate as the enhanced maternity provision.
Respondents also provided details on other benefits that they offered, with paid compassionate leave, childcare vouchers, Employee Assistance Programs and flexi time being the most popular.
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