In Ireland’s multinational technology sector, the perk culture is often quite novel but at the same time very impressive. Companies try to differentiate themselves through on site perks as the war for talent intensifies in Ireland’s technology sector. Free food is now taken as a given in many companies such as Google, Facebook and Dropbox and Google claim that beanbags have played a significant part in their success in creating a collaborative team environment.
On site gyms, yoga classes, ping-pong, massages, fitness classes, crèches, barbeques, micro kitchens, full time baristas and Beer O’clock Fridays are just some of the perks on offer. But are these arrays of perks going to influence you greatly in accepting a job offer?
According to the findings of the Abrivia 2017 Salary Survey in conjunction with Trinity College, the main drivers in Ireland’s ICT sector in regards accepting a job offer are the availability of sick pay and healthcare. However, income and benefits keep 78% of ICT employees motivated at work. Notably, the most important drivers which keep ICT employees motivated at work is the satisfaction ICT employees experience when they are successful at difficult tasks (94%), followed closely by the pleasure garnished from learning new things.
In conclusion, free food and Beanbags are nice to have perks. However, it should be noted that in general ICT employees derive much more satisfaction from learning new things and in solving difficult tasks.