Banner Default Image


Back to Blogs
Blog Img

The Importance of Benefits Transparency in the Events Industry: Attracting Top Talent

​In the competitive landscape of the events industry, attracting and retaining top talent is a crucial challenge. As Cassie Capener, Senior Account Manager at Live Recruitment insightfully points out, benefits transparency plays a pivotal role in this process; “gone are the days when a high salary alone would suffice to lure the best candidates”. Today, candidates are looking for comprehensive benefits packages that align with their values and life stages.

Understanding The Candidate

Benefits are now, more than ever, an extremely important factor when candidates are considering a new role. Candidates naturally want to ensure they are joining a company that mirrors their values and addresses what is most important to them at their stage in life. For some candidates, it can be annual leave entitlement; for others, it’s pension contributions or maternity/paternity packages and flexible hours which allow them to do the school run and manage other homelife commitments.

The next generation of candidates entering the events sector also shows a strong interest in softer benefits. These can include early finishes on Fridays, incentives, socials, or even free lunches in the office. Recognising and addressing these varied needs is essential for companies aiming to attract a diverse and talented workforce.

Benefit Ambiguity

To appeal to the wider market, it's important to outline a full benefits package from the outset. Failing to do so can lead to uncomfortable situations at the offer stage, where candidates feel they can’t probe further on the benefits without raising concerns.

These questions might include asking about sick pay, maternity cover, and notice periods. When these questions remain unanswered or are only partially addressed, candidates may experience doubt and hesitation about the potential employer's transparency and reliability, thus deciding to decline a role through caution or even being at risk of leaving a role early.

The Value of Transparency

Candidates should be offered transparency from the outset so they can carefully consider offers and accept a new role with confidence. Transparent communication about benefits ensures candidates understand exactly what they are being offered, enabling them to make informed decisions. This fosters trust and builds a strong foundation for a long and healthy relationship between the employer and employee.

Building a Competitive Edge

In a sector as dynamic and demanding as events, companies that prioritise benefits transparency set themselves apart from the competition. By clearly outlining the full benefits package early in the recruitment process, organisations demonstrate their commitment to employee well-being and satisfaction. This approach not only attracts top talent but also enhances the company's reputation as an employer of choice.

Employee Retention

Transparency in benefits not only helps attract top candidates but also plays a crucial role in retaining them. When employees are fully aware of the benefits they are entitled to and feel that these benefits align with their needs and values, they are more likely to remain loyal to the company. This reduces turnover rates and ensures that the organisation retains its most valuable asset: its people.


Overall, benefits transparency is not just a nice-to-have; it is a strategic imperative in the events industry. As Cassie Capener, Senior Account Manager at Live Recruitment highlights, “providing clear and comprehensive information about benefits from the outset helps candidates make informed decisions, fostering trust and long-term commitment. By prioritising transparency, companies can attract and retain the best talent, ensuring their continued success in a highly competitive market.”

In the end, a transparent approach to benefits not only meets the immediate needs of potential employees but also builds a foundation of trust and loyalty that benefits both parties in the long run.