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Sunday 17 December 2017

Turkeys and trips among staff perks

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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.

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

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

"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 of CPL Resources.

"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."

CPL also found one-third of employees indicated their willingness to travel more than an hour per day for the right job, while a two-hour round trip per day equates to 460 hours or 20 days of travelling per year. Almost half were friends with their boss on Facebook - a bad idea for some, with one having been caught by their boss taking a duvet day and another doing job interviews.

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