By Sharon Jones

When we are on the hunt for the perfect job, there are a few things that we need to take into account. Most people predominantly look at the pay, but it shouldn’t stop there. Various perks need to factor into your overall job hunt, so, if you have no idea where to begin, here are some for inspiration.

Sick Pay And Insurance

Surprisingly lots of companies don’t offer much in the way of sick pay. And if you are self-employed, you are not going to get paid if you don’t work! So, long-term sick leave should factor into your research, but also you should look at how they support their workers with regards to issues like stress. Sick pay is one thing, but there should also be something in place to support you if you suffered anguish or anxiety while on the job. Some organizations pay disability insurance, and there are sites like, which support those that work in the medical profession. It isn’t always essential for an employee to provide long-term sick pay, but depending on the nature of your work, you should look at how your employer would support you, were you unable to work.

Profit Share

The best companies share their profits with their employees. There are companies like Admiral in the UK that give their employees bonuses at the end of the year, but some offer their employees shares in the company. This can be extremely rare, but shares in the company mean that the company cares as much about you as it does the profits.

Adequate Time Off

When you’re looking at a job description, the time off can be a very alluring prospect. In addition to the obligatory 28 days (at least), there are other things you would benefit from. Time off around the holidays is very enticing, because if a company only offers the standard holidays, but not much time off around important family occasions like Christmas, you may not feel the benefit of proper time off. Extended time off around the holidays is always beneficial, but also, a handy little perk to keep your eye out for is time off on your birthday. This article on is a handy little insight into what having your birthday off can do for you as well as your employer, and it’s something that’s always appreciated. After all, nobody likes to work on their birthday!

On-site Facilities

In addition of somewhere to go and have your lunch, the overall ideal employee wellness program should extend into things like an on-site gym, or at least a gym membership, but also communal showers. The modern workplace isn’t just about the standard 9 to 5 anymore, so if you are expected to put in more hours than the average person, they need to make your time on site as accommodating as possible, and if this includes a ping pong table, then so be it!

When looking for somewhere to spend your professional career, there are more things than the standard pay package, so have a look for some of these.

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