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National employee benefits index

In April 2023, Flare conducted its National Employee Benefits Index – a representative study of the attitudes on benefits and remuneration across 1,500 working Australians. Delve into your industry’s data to uncover how your workforce truly perceives benefits, pay, and the incentives that foster employee loyalty.

Dive into the manufacturing industry data below to help you build a healthy talent attraction and retention pipeline.

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79%
of workers identify as a male
39
is the average age of workers
NSW & VIC
most common state of residence
8 years
is the average years of work experience

Employee wellbeing: a snapshot

I feel valued at work by my supervisor/boss.

I get excited about going to work.

I am satisfied with my overall compensation.

I think about leaving my current employer.

  • Agree
  • Neither disagree nor agree
  • Disagree

17% are feeling more valued by their supervisor/boss compared to the data from six months go

There has been an overall increase in job satisfaction for those working in manufacturing which could indiciate empployees negotaiting their benefits or pay with their employers.

The benefits breakdown

National benefits offering vs uptake

  • Offered
  • Used
Offered: 66% Used: 52%
Offered: 59% Used: 19%
Offered: 59% Used: 17%
Offered: 57% Used: 34%
Offered: 41% Used: 6%
Offered: 41% Used: 19%
Offered: 34% Used: 22%
Offered: 34% Used: 9%
Offered: 31% Used: 9%
Offered: 27% Used: 6%
Offered: 21% Used: 3%
Offered: 20% Used: 3%
Offered: 19% Used: 9%
Offered: 18% Used: 12%
Offered: 17% Used: 4%
Offered: 15% Used: 5%
Offered: 13% Used: 4%
Offered: 13% Used: 6%
Offered: 11% Used: 2%
Offered: 10% Used: 2%
Offered: 10% Used: 2%
Offered: 9% Used: 1%
Offered: 9% Used: 3%
Offered: 9% Used: 1%
Offered: 8% Used: 1%
Offered: 7% Used: 1%
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The benefits that matter to the nation

In the last six months, the usage of flexible working options has gone up by 9% but less and less employers are offering this benefit. Usage of free coffee and snacks has gone down to 43% which shows a shift in employee demand of certain benefits.

Of the benefits your employer offers, which have you used in the last 12 months?

Used:47% National Average: 37%
Used:47% National Average: 23%
Used:44% National Average: 44%
Used:26% National Average: 14%
Used:23% National Average: 11%
Used:22% National Average: 22%
Used:20% National Average: 17%
Used:11% National Average: 11%
Used:9% National Average: 11%
Used:7% National Average: 9%
Used:6% National Average: 7%
Used:6% National Average: 5%
Used:5% National Average: 5%
Used:5% National Average: 3%
Used:4% National Average: 3%
Used:3% National Average: 8%
Used:3% National Average: 2%
Used:3% National Average: 2%
Used:3% National Average: 1%
Used:3% National Average: 2%
Used:2% National Average: 3%
Used:1% National Average: 3%
Used:1% National Average: 1%
Used:0% National Average: 1%
Used:0% National Average: 0%
Used:0% National Average: 1%
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43%

Free coffee and snacks continue to be the most utilised benefit

Manufacturers engage in flexible working 9% less than the average worker and 7% less for virtual working.

Which would make you most loyal to your employer if offered by your company?

Used: 47% National Average: 46%
Used: 38% National Average: 27%
Used: 28% National Average: 33%
Used: 26% National Average: 31%
Used: 26% National Average: 29%
Used: 23% National Average: 29%
Used: 23% National Average: 25%
Used: 21% National Average: 16%
Used: 19% National Average: 14%
Used: 19% National Average: 17%
Used: 13% National Average: 19%
Used: 11% National Average: 9%
Used: 9% National Average: 12%
Used: 8% National Average: 6%
Used: 6% National Average: 9%
Used: 4% National Average: 5%
Used: 4% National Average: 14%
Used: 0% National Average: 2%
Used: 0% National Average: 4%
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19%

the increase in workers who value support for reasonable hours in the last six months

Manufacturers care 12% less about employee retreats than six months ago, and 7% less than the average worker.

It's time to go green

  • Not at all
  • Neutral
  • Somewhat
  • A great amount

36% of manufacturers value their employer's sustainability initiatives

Those working in manufacturing have piqued interest in their company's sustainability efforts. Those who would continue with their employers based on how 'green' they are has increased sevenfold.

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National employee benefits index In April 2023, Flare conducted its National Employee Benefits Index – a representative study of the attitudes on benefits and remuneration across 1,500 working Australians. Delve into your industry’s data to uncover how your workforce truly perceives benefits, pay, and the incentives that foster employee loyalty. Dive into the manufacturing industry […]