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Marketing and PR employees get more perks than other industries

Employees in the marketing and PR industry have the most money spent on them through perks per year, according to a new study by luxury gift supplier Cartwright and Butler.

In a study of which industries are the most giving, it has been revealed that marketing professionals have an average of £1,179.56 spent per person per year. This is followed by financial/professional service employees (£1,091.60) and construction workers (£967.39). The industry with the least money spent on workers is the third sector, at just £332.62 per year.


Average benefits/perks cost per year

Marketing and PR


Financial services/professional services






Real estate






Health Services


Public sector




















Third sector


Looking at the perks workers get across the UK, overall flexible working hours (28%) is the most popular, followed by employee discounts (24%) and free food and drink (20%). Interestingly, over one in 10 (11%) get office holidays, whilst 9% have a free gym membership.

With employees returning to the office, and normality resuming for many, work perks help to recruit and retain top employees, boost morale, and improve culture. We believe they’re essential for a thriving workplace. By offering perks it shows employees that they’re appreciated and their commitment to a business is recognised. It’s been a tough year for us all and working life will take a lot of getting used to, especially for those that have been on furlough, so rewarding them with something as a little thank you will go a long way.


Research conducted by Cartwright and Butler as part of a survey into 2,011 employees in the UK, conducted in July 2021.

Written by Gemma Barton, head of marketing at Cartwright and Butler

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