The salary is an important decision factor for employees when it comes to a job offer. But fringe benefits are often what make an employer clear more attractive.

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Employer Branding: The right fringe benefits increase employer attractiveness

But how could coveted Candidate decide, when two similarly paid job offers are on the table? In this case it is often not the "hard facts". Working atmosphere, social image of a Company and the colleagues play at the Choice of the employer also plays a very important role. However, there is another aspect: fringe benefits. The Term comes from English and describes benefits for employees that are not paid as salary.

Such are common Methods in use in the USA. Especially in larger ones Companys like corporations and large medium-sized companies, benefits have also established themselves in Germany. Why should himself Employees even get involved with these perks? Ultimately, it is not so important that a company offers benefits. It should be more important what nature they are.

Why do companies attract with benefits?

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Benefits for employees ultimately fulfill two basic requirements in corporate practice Features. On the one hand, they make the company stand out. The situation on the labor market is now such that some companies are having to fight very hard for applicants. This means that the number of qualified specialists on the market has fallen dramatically in some sectors. Benefits are a "bait", um Candidates to put on a spot.

At the same time, the benefits lead to a stronger commitment of employees to companies. Especially the reimbursement of childcare or the school hoard are just two practice-relevant examples. And the benefits can also be used as part of a bonus system - for example, to reward high motivation.

But also from the point of view of the employees, the benefits are positively noticeable. For benefits in kind according to § 8 EStG an exemption from 44 Euro per month. Up to a sum of 528 Euro per year, the employer can grant benefits to employees and these remain tax-free. Thus, in some cases, the benefits can even outweigh a salary increase.

Which benefits are generally possible?

Fuel vouchers have long been a particularly popular benefit in kind for employees at many companies. In the meantime, many employees can only be lured out from behind the stove to a limited extent. Which benefits are common practice today?

What extra benefits are there?

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Discounted own products and cheap tickets in local transport for public transport employees are two examples of internal benefits. But even outside the company, employees can benefit from benefits.

For example, some companies offer the payment of benefits on a prepaid credit card. Although this is then no longer completely tax-free, but may be cheaper than the current salary payment.

Benefits for certain occupational groups

In addition, benefits may also result from employees belonging to a particular occupational group. The best example here are certainly officials who often find it easier to get a loan. Due to the non-cancellability of their job, the conditions are often discounted. Here, however, caution is required: Some formerly licensed professions, such as postmen, are now part of the normal private sector. For them, corresponding benefits no longer apply, but the terms are just like all borrowers simply determined by the credit rating.

And also the Health of employees can be converted into benefits. Companies can spend a certain amount per year on health management. Nobody has said that these cannot be vouchers for a gym or something similar.

Benefits by size of the farm

Company benefits sweeten the signature under the employment contract. To what extent is the portfolio of benefits influenced by the size of the company? If you apply to the roofer around the corner, you will probably come across astonished faces when the subject comes up job interview is addressed. It's impossible for sure not to negotiate any perks or rewards.

In general, it is certainly more difficult for individual companies and small companies with a workforce of up to 10 people to set up corresponding benefits. Medium-sized companies or IT agencies competing with other companies will tend to pull different registers here. Much more room for maneuver is provided by big players: companies with international renown and large SMEs are able to exploit a much larger pool of benefits.

Which benefits are possible?

What are their possibilities? The range goes from:

Which options are used in detail does not only depend on the size of the company. Often the Industry an essential aspect that influences the nature of the benefits. Background: Companies can offer their employees their own products at lower prices - which is very popular in practice.

Benefits according to specific industries

What are the benefits and benefits in individual sectors? Maybe there are no differences? In practice, exactly the opposite is the case. Germany is still one of those countries where the mode of corporate benefits depends heavily on the industry.

Example car manufacturer: What is more obvious than to offer workers a discount on their own product? Straight leasing returns or annual cars are very popular as a contribution in kind in the benefit programs of the automotive industry. What are the discounts, varies mostly by manufacturer and model. A discount of 20 percent on a new car, however, is quite realistic.

What are the benefits in other sectors?

For banks a typical perk is discounts on loans. Means: employees of a bank branch, for example, finance the car purchase cheaper.

Or move into the home with a discount. This form of benefits is common to the industry. And in the mobile sector, there is a discount on new smartphones, while the retailer is always on shopping vouchers.

Conclusion: Benefits pay off - for bosses and employees

The days when companies only had to flick their fingers and a vacancy was filled, are over. In the meantime, these posts sometimes remain unoccupied for months. Benefits are ultimately a way to be interesting for employees and "picking out". Benefits and benefits in kind have even more advantages. These include employee retention and performance management.

On the other hand, a benefit can also pay off for employees. Especially the assumption of childcare costs, a participation in their medical expenses or the payment in pension funds are interesting examples. And the whole thing has another plus point: while more salary is always fully taxable, the benefits in kind must be partly not taxed. A new smartphone or company car will appear in a different light - and can be a real win-win situation.

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