Hotel workers would ‘prefer money over perks’


A new study has found that hospitality workers believe ‘workplace perks’ are pointless and that would rather money in their bank, especially post-Christmas when money is tight.

The survey, from CV Library, questioned over 2,400 UK professionals to determine how they feel about workplace perks being offered by their employers.

36% of hospitality employees receive perks at work, according to the results, which is actually higher than the national average of 24.3%, and the overwhelming majority (98%) of industry workers believe businesses should offer workplace perks.

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Free food (24.5%) ranks top on the list of favourite perks among hospitality professionals, followed by more holiday (16.1%) and early finishes (15.8%).

Almost two thirds (64.2%) of hospitality professionals would feel happier if their employer offered more perks.

Despite being excited about workplace perks, when asked to choose between perks at work and a pay rise, 92.7% of hospitality workers would opt for the money.

Furthermore, only one fifth of sector professionals believe workplace perks are important when considering new career opportunities.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments: “When ran effectively, workplace perks can go great lengths to creating a happy and productive workforce. However, it’s important that perks aren’t used as a replacement for fair salaries and bonus schemes, especially if you’re bringing staff on-board in January, when many employees experience a funding-drought after the Christmas period. Hospitality professionals have revealed that higher salaries and bonuses are more important than workplace perks, and businesses need to take this into consideration when recruiting for their hospitality vacancies.”