Reward Strategy



UK workers increasingly value health cash plans over other benefits

Health cash plans have become the second most popular benefit in the country behind contributory pensions, according to research.

Twitter LinkedIn

The 2017 Willis Towers Watson Employee Benefits and Wellbeing Index found that 12% of respondents valued health cash plans the most – two-thirds (66%) of whom earn less than the national average salary.


The results see cash plans leapfrog both life and health insurance in the rankings. Contributory pension schemes remain top with 32% of the vote, with health and life insurance pushed into joint third spot (both 11% respectively).


Hot on the heels of the top four are health screenings (9%), a benefit that can provide insights into everything from body fat and hearing to blood pressure and lung function.


Despite efforts to promote mental health in the workplace and tackle traditional stigmas, counselling and EAP benefits continue to prop up the benefits rankings with just 3% of the vote.

Twitter LinkedIn
Add New Comment

You might also like

Government to lead pensions dashboard project

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will now take the lead on developing the "pensions dashboard", allowing individuals to see all their savings through one portal.



Reward Strategy

Did you find our website useful?

Thank you for your input

Thank you for your feedback - an online news and information service for the UK’s payroll, reward, pensions, benefits and HR sectors. is published by Shard Financial Media Limited, registered in England & Wales as 5481132, Axe & Bottle Court, 70 Newcomen St, London, SE1 1YT. All rights reserved. Reward Strategy is committed to diversity in the workplace.
© Copyright Shard Financial Media Ltd