Women Happier at Work, but Men Get Better Benefits

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More women are happy at work than men. Almost two thirds of women are happy in their job role compared to 56% of men, according to research.

More women are happy at work than men. Almost two thirds (63%) of women are happy in their job role compared to 56% of men, according to YouGov/Employee Benefits research on 'The role of reward in happiness in the workplace' .

Despite both genders being equally happy with the way they are rewarded, there is a clear discrepancy in the benefits each receives.

Men are far more likely to receive a bonus (38% do compared to 27% of women). They are more than twice as likely to get a company car or car allowance (20% of men get these, compared to 7% of women). While 23% of men say they get private medical insurance compared to 13% of female workers.

Debi O'Donovan, editorial director of Employee Benefits, said: "The types of benefits where we are seeing the biggest gender discrepancies are usually associated with senior management or higher pay levels. Men still dominate the top jobs, and on average earn more. What this shows is the 'hidden' inequality in reward."

Among the 4,134 people surveyed, 92% of men worked full time, and 7% of men worked part time; while 69% of women worked full time and 31% of women worked part time.

Overall, women were more motivated to perform well (62%) and were more likely to go the extra mile for customers (73%) compared to their male counterparts where 54% were motivated to perform well and 67% were prepared to go the extra mile for customers.

KEY RESEARCH FINDINGS:

% of people satisfied with these aspects of employment            Male    Female

How I am rewarded for the work I do        
Very or fairly satisfied                                    41%    42%
Recognition I receive for the work I do        
Very or fairly satisfied                                    41%    42%
My work-life balance        
Very or fairly satisfied                                    51%    60%
The benefits I receive        
Very or fairly satisfied                                    47%    44%
The training opportunities available to me        
Very or fairly satisfied                                    41%    47%
The career development opportunities available to me        
Very or fairly satisfied                                    32%    36%

% of people agreeing with the following statements:            Male    Female

I feel happy in my current job or role        
Tend to agree/strongly agree                                    56%    63%

I feel happy working for my current employer            
Tend to agree/ strongly agree                                    53%    56%

I feel motivated to perform well in the work I do        
Tend to agree/strongly agree                                    54%    62%

I want to go the extra mile for customers or clients        
Tend to agree/strongly agree                                    67%    73%

Percentage of people receiving particular employee benefits (Male / Female)

  • Bonuses    (38% / 27%)
  • Final salary pension scheme (33% / 31%)
  • Other occupational pension plan (25% / 21%)
  • Access to free counsellin (23% / 24%)
  • Private medical insurance (23% / 13%)
  • Company car or car allowance (20% / 7%)
  • Life assurance cover (19% / 12%)
  • Employee share scheme (18% / 13%)
  • Sports/social club membership (14% / 9%)
  • Health screening (11% / 7%)
  • Personal accident insurance (8% / 4%)
  • Critical illness insurance (7% / 4%)
  • Healthcare cash plan (5% / 4%)
  • Income protection (5% / 2%)
  • Creche/payment for childcare (4% / 4%)

Source: YouGov.com/employeebenefits-confex.co.uk

NOTES FOR EDITORS:
The research, 'The role of reward in happiness in the workplace' (LINK: http://www.employeebenefits.co.uk/research/index.html) was conducted and compiled by at YouGov, an online research and consultancy agency.

The topic was devised by Employee Benefits, the UK's leading benefits magazine for the Employee Benefits Exhibition & Conference 2007.

The survey was conducted using an online interview administered members of the YouGov Plc GB panel of individuals who have agreed to take part in surveys. Total sample size was 4,134 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 31 July - 7 August 2007. The figures have been weighted and are representative of the working population in terms of industry (aged 18+).

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.employeebenefits.co.uk
Debi O'Donovan, editorial director, Employee Benefits
(+44) 020 7970 4661 or 0771 466 0915
debi.odonovan@centaur.co.uk

Amanda Wilkinson, editor, Employee Benefits
amanda.wilkinson@centaur.co.uk
(+44) 020 7943 8060

http://www.yougov.com
Andy Brown, Managing Director, YouGov Consulting
andy.brown@yougov.com

Matt Roddan, Associate Director, YouGov Organisational Consulting
matt.roddan@yougov.com

Louise Nilsson, Analyst, YouGov Organisational Consulting
louise.nilsson@yougov.com

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