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Private health insurance 'a key incentive for top firms'

23 June 2011 - 4:25pm

Private health insurance, access to additional training, office perks and time off for volunteer work have been identified as some of the best incentives for attracting and retaining top-quality talent.

The nation's top 50 places to work in 2011 were recently identified by BRW and a number of common themes were noted among Australia's best employers.

Incentives to keep employees happy and healthy - including private health cover - were hailed as one of the reasons NetApp Australia remains a popular place to work - last year it topped the list before slipping down to a respectable third place this year.

Corporate health insurance has long been viewed by employees as an appealing incentive and companies may wish to consider the various options available for supporting staff health and wellbeing through private cover.

However, private health insurance is just one of many incentives employers can choose from to attract and retain staff.

Google, which achieved the coveted number one spot, allows its staff to take a Google Day off and expectant mums are granted 16 weeks of maternity leave.

Meanwhile, at E-web Marketing, staff members have access to a massage chair and a nap room, as well as a Sony PlayStation and a karaoke machine.