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IKEA UK & Ireland scoops Reward & Benefits Award

IKEA UK & Ireland scoops Reward & Benefits Award

Nearly 900 HR professionals from some of the UK's top employers came together on Wednesday 23rd November to identify and reward HR teams making the biggest impact with their people policies and delivering great results for their organisation's bottom line.

This year saw 276 entrants across 19 awards categories, which meant a challenging judging process.

Judges on the night commented: “IKEA’s entry was superb. They have set out their stall on one benefit area, why this needed to be and addressed and how.”

Cathy Donnelly, IKEA UK & Ireland’s HR Operations Manager said: “We are delighted to have won the Reward and Benefit Category at this week’s Personnel Today awards. This year more than ever, our focus is on securing IKEA as a great place to work for all of our employees and one element of this is providing a competitive benefits package. 

“This external recognition is confirmation that our approach is supporting us to be an employer of choice in the UK as we were up against stiff competition on the night, both within and outside of the retail sector. We will now continue our discussions with our employees to understand how we best meet them at other life stages and use the findings to shape our future actions and strategy.”

For further information about IKEA UK & Ireland’s Rewards and Benefits packages contact:
Claire Howes, Lewis Marshall or Lois Blenkinsop, IKEA UK Press Office, Tel: 0845 2257126E-mail:

Notes to editor

What does the IKEA UK & Ireland maternity/ adoption package include?

Benefits of the maternity/ adoption leave package include:

  • A gradual return to work enabling employees to work 50% of their contractual hours for the first 12 weeks and receive full pay during this period
  • ‘Keep in touch days’ to help stay connected and ease the transition back to work
  • An Employee Assistance Programme providing Life stage advice, including advice on locating childminders or nurseries, medical advice and information on all aspects of child healthcare and first aid advice for minor accidents

    From a financial perspective, IKEA offers:
  • An additional 12 weeks half pay during maternity leave, in addition to the initial 6 weeks full pay at the start of maternity leave 
  • The choice to extend this by a further 6 weeks at half pay by reducing their return to work option to 6 weeks
  • An interest free loan to cover the first month’s childcare costs. This is then paid back over a maximum period of 12 months
  • A childcare voucher scheme to give the employees an opportunity to save on childcare costs. 
  • £100 IKEA voucher for new Mums and Dads to recognise and celebrate the birth or adoption of a child 

    And daring to be different...
  • First Day of School Leave: starting school is an important milestone for both child and parent. To allow the employee to support their child on the first day at infant school IKEA gives one day of paid leave.