2017 Employee Benefits

Remaining Competitive in a Challenging Talent Marketplace

June 19, 2017

​In January and February 2017, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducted its annual survey of U.S. employers to gather information on more than 300 employee benefits. The survey asked human resource professionals if their organizations formally offered any of the listed benefits to their employees. This report examines the prevalence of benefits over the past five years to track trends and understand the benefits landscape in the current talent marketplace.

Full Survey Findings (PDF)

Nearly one-third of organizations increased their overall benefits offerings in the last 12 months, and they were most likely to increase health (22%) and wellness (24%) benefits. 

Over the past four years, spousal and domestic partner benefits have increased, but may now be leveling off. These new data show that:

  • 95% provide health care coverage for opposite-sex spouses
  • 85% provide coverage for same-sex spouses
  • Just over one-half provide coverage for domestic partners, regardless of whether they are the same or opposite-sex

Article: Benefits on the rise and on the decline

Interactive Graphic: Making the case for professional development benefits

Other Benefits Resources:

Tool: Guide to Open Enrollment


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