Flexible and voluntary benefits have only begun to gain popularity in the UK in recent years, in line with a trend towards a more individualised approach to reward. The personalisation and flexibility of such schemes can address the diverse needs of the workforce, and also provide a cost-effective approach to benefits provision. When adopting such schemes, employers need to ensure that employees understand the reasons for and advantages of flexible benefits and the implications of their choices, making communication and education key elements in the provision of flexible and voluntary benefits.

This factsheet explores the background and rationale behind flexible and voluntary benefits, identifying the distinction between the two, and addresses the issues and considerations of organising and implementing flexible or voluntary benefits schemes.

CIPD viewpoint

What are flexible and voluntary benefits?

Scheme coverage and content

Organising and implementing flexible benefits schemes

Key issues for flexible and voluntary benefits schemes

References

Useful contacts and further reading

This factsheet was last updated by CIPD staff.

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