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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Top five odd perks Irish staff getting instead of cash bonuses

Published 03/07/2014 | 10:50

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Popcorn, the National Thanksgiving Turkey, stands on the North Portico at the White House in Washington DC (AP)

A turkey for Christmas was among the list of weirdest perks Irish staff are getting as cash-strapped employers look at ways other than cash to keep staff sweet.

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Others included holidays to Bangkok(for achieving targets), hammocks and rest areas, in-office massages as well as health and heart-rate monitoring. 

According to CPL Recruitment, the sector improved in the second quarter with double digit growth reported across the board including 35pc more postings in science, engineering and supply chain segment, 15pc more growth in IT jobs and 10pc in accountancy, finance and banking. 

At 19pc, growth has been strong for this quarter, although it’s roughly half of the 39pc growth experienced in the first quarter, showing a seasonal fluctuation in jobs postings. 

One third of employees indicated their willingness to travel more than an hour per day for the right job.

“This quarter’s report is a further positive indication of the pick-up in the employment market.  This is the tenth consecutive quarter of consistent growth and due to the sectors involved is a reliable bellwether for the continued growth in the FDI sector in Ireland,” said Peter Cosgrove, director CPL Resources. 

He concluded: “Companies are still concerned with controlling payroll costs, so as with the increased trend towards bonuses, many of the new perks which are emerging in companies are performance and productivity related”. 


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