Region’s workers suffer from low well-being provision, new research claims

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Only a quarter of Yorkshire employees benefit from well-being provision from their employers, new research has revealed.

The region ranked among the UK’s lowest in the research conducted by PMI Health Group.

Only the North West fared worse, where just 24 per cent of staff claimed their employers make provision to look after their well-being.

London came out on top, with 46 per cent of staff in the capital benefitting from well-being provision.

Mike Blake, director at PMI Health Group, said: “The geographical variation in healthcare provision demonstrates a clear divide between London and the rest of the UK in attitudes towards staff health.”

He added: “This could be 
explained by a higher concentration of large corporate 
employers in Greater London which may have more 
resources for well-being programmes.

“But, given ongoing cuts to the NHS, there will be an increased onus on all employers to fill the gap in healthcare provision in order to limit the damaging impact of sickness absence and safeguard employee well-being.”

The study also found 82 per cent of Yorkshire employees claim they are not encouraged by their employers to participate in voluntary health and well-being activities, such as cycle to work schemes.

This figure is the highest in the UK, on a par with Scotland and closely followed by Wales (81 per cent). London again came out top with 68 per cent.