July 13, 2011—Scottsdale, Ariz.—This may be another sign organizations are done cutting costs in the benefits area. A new WorldatWork research report, Vehicle-Related Benefits Survey, found that a majority of organizations (89%) continue to offer some type of vehicle benefit to employees. The top three vehicle benefits offered are: fuel or mileage reimbursement (72%), car allowance (65%), and providing a company-owned automobile (53%).
The impact of fuel costs on an organization’s vehicle-related benefits program is considerably less in 2011 compared to 2008, when this survey was first conducted. Record-high fuel prices have had little or no effect on vehicle benefit programs in 2011, with only 13% of companies considering or implementing changes to make the programs less generous, compared to 2008 when 78% of companies either considered or implemented such changes.
Other key findings:
• Almost nine out of 10 (89%) respondent organizations offer a car allowance, company car or other vehicle benefit to at least some employees.
• As in 2008, the eligibility for a car allowance or use of a company car is concentrated among executives and sales employees, but 29% of companies also provide a vehicle to any employee with a bona-fide business need. In addition, three quarters of organizations (76%) offer mileage or fuel reimbursement to any employee with a bona-fide business reason.
• Of those that eliminated their vehicle benefit programs in the past three years, the major reason was cost in both 2008 and 2011 with a few companies citing negative perception when offered only to executives.
About the Survey
This survey was first conducted in July 2008. Data for the 2011 WorldatWork Vehicle-Related Benefits Survey was gathered from March 16-April 1, 2011, among members employed in the HR, compensation and benefits departments of mostly large U.S. corporations. Of the 500 responses, 74% came from private sector and 27% from public sector/nonprofit.
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