A quarter of people in the UK are suffering with money problems so substantial that it is affecting their ability to do their job, according to a new survey carried out by CIPD and Close Brothers Asset Management of more than 1,800 UK employees. The number reporting problems rises to a nearly a third (31 per cent) among 18-24 year olds, and those living in London (32 per cent).
Financial wellbeing is a shared responsibility between the employer and employee.
Healthy financial wellbeing can be defined as:
'how much your financial situation and money choices provide you with security and freedom of choice.'
Financial wellbeing is now more important than ever. As the cost-of-living crisis continues, it is having a detrimental impact for some of our NHS staff. This has led to NHS organisations reviewing their current employment packages to support their staff's financial wellbeing, as ensuring that a comprehensive employment package is offered to staff will contribute to retaining valuable talent and help make you an attractive employer for new recruits.
Advice and recommendations for employers
- One common misconception around financial wellbeing is that it isn’t the employer’s responsibility, it’s down to the individual. However, the reality is that financial wellbeing is a shared responsibility between the employer and employee.
- To support employers, we have created an area on our website called the cost of living and good employment, which brings together important resources, examples of good practice and practical examples of what organisations in the NHS are doing now.
- Our developing a financial wellbeing strategy guide supports you to establish the foundations you need to develop a robust approach to support your staff with ﬁnancial wellbeing in the workplace. It includes a four-step approach which means you can start your journey at whichever point is relevant to your organisation.
Emerging practice and case studies
South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System has created a financial wellbeing web page with supporting resources on its workforce wellbeing website. The organisation also held a very successful financial wellbeing programme, a series of webinars on different topics and they are planning to host another financial wellbeing programme in the summer. The ICS has been in touch with an organisation called Infinity Connect, to run practical and engaging webinars within their programme.
Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust provides free and easy access to impartial information and confidential advice, information, and guidance across a range of matters, such as access to welfare benefits, housing issues and money management via its ‘Helping Hands’ service. This is delivered by Citizens Advice and coordinated by the trust chaplaincy team. The trust is also currently delivering webinars on help with energy worries.
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has worked with Grant Thornton to create a guide to support staff with claiming tax relief on job-related expenses. The guide includes information on who can claim, how to claim, and examples of possible claims. View the guide. (PDF)
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has collaborated with Citizens Advice Reading (CAR) to develop a new service supporting the financial wellbeing of staff, with bookable one-to-one on site appointments, based in the Oasis Staff Health and Wellbeing Centre. Help sessions with the CAR outreach advisor are available each week, building on a service currently in place with CAR providing MacMillan support for cancer patients and their families at the Royal Berkshire. The long term intention is to roll out the new service to patients in the trust, and to offer community based advice sessions, maximising the impact by working with communities in less well served areas of the Borough. A full time outreach advisor has been appointed by CAR to take forward the work to support the trust and its employees. Both partners look forward to seeing the positive impact of the new project.
Further tools and resources
- The Government has increased financial support to make healthcare studies more affordable. The announcement on 1 September 2023 will mean eligible students on nursing, midwifery, allied health professions, medical and dental courses will be able to claim 50 per cent more for travel and accommodation expenses, while more students from low-income families will be given financial help.
- View our financial wellbeing infographic, which looks at what being financially healthy looks like and some of the myths and realities of financial wellbeing.
- Read the full report on financial wellbeing, that was launched in August 2020 and highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified inequalities across society and exacerbated financial worries, particularly among women, young people, Black and minority ethnic groups, and people with disabilities.
- Visit the CIPD in-work poverty web pages for further information.
- Find out how to support our NHS people experiencing stress:
- The Claro Mental Health Project Report looks into the link between money and mental wellbeing.
- Work foundation employer briefing looks at financial wellbeing during the cost of living crisis.