North-south divide in health and wellbeing provision for workers narrows
Latest research reveals nearly half of workers in the South (47 per cent) claim their employers make provision to look after their health and wellbeing, compared with 36 per cent in the north.
This 11 per cent gap however has narrowed year-on-year – down four per cent from 2014 when only 26 per cent of northern workers said their employers were looking after their health and wellbeing.
“This trend is very encouraging, particularly in light of a recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) report that shows a stark contrast in life expectancy on either side of the north-south divide,” said PMI Health Group director Mike Blake.
“With increasing restrictions in NHS provision, it is in the interests of businesses to minimise the costly impact of sickness absence. Corporate healthcare initiatives can help achieve this, safeguarding employee wellbeing while helping to address health inequalities.”
The increase in health and wellbeing provision for northern workers has been reflected in burgeoning levels of satisfaction. The study found that half (50 per cent) of workers in the north are now satisfied with the range of benefits they receive from their employer – up from 31 per cent in 2014.
Workers in the south are also more satisfied with their benefits provision – up to 57 per cent from 42 per cent in 2014.