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Make Zest your employee benefits platform

Has your employee benefits platform kept up with how you work? A lot has changed in the last few years, and clunky, one-size-fits-all benefits systems no longer cut it. Say hi to Zest and take your employee benefits personally.

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Brilliant brands giving their benefits some Zest…


One platform, loads of benefits

Manage all of your employee benefits with ease

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Breakdown cover

Orange line icon of a windmill to indicate carbon offsetting as an available benefit

Carbon offsetting

Orange line icon of a car to indicate car leasing as an available benefit


Orange line icon of a baby's milk bottle to indicate childcare vouchers as an available benefit

Childcare vouchers

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Critical illness cover

Orange line icon of a push bike to indicate cycle to work schemes as an available benefit

Cycle to work

Orange line icon of a molar tooth to indicate dental insurance as an available benefit

Dental insurance

Orange line icon of a head wearing a headset to indicate employee assistant programmes as an available benefit


Orange line icon of an eye indicate eye care as an available benefit


Orange line icon of a speech bubble to indicate financial advice as an available benefit

Financial advice

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Financial coaching

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Give as you earn

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GP appointments

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Group income protection

Orange line icon of a shield with a plus icon in it to indicate group life assurance as an available benefit

Group life assurance

Orange line icon of a dumbbell to indicate gym membership as an available benefit


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Health cash plan

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Health screens

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Holiday trading

Orange line icon of a piggybank to indicate ISAs as an available benefit


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Medical cover

Orange line icon of a star with a tick in it to indicate memberships as an available benefit


Orange line icon of a mountain to indicate mental and physical wellbeing support as available benefits

Mental and physical wellbeing

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Partner critical illness

Orange line icon of a shield with a plus symbol in it to indicate partner life insurance as an available benefit

Partner life assurance

Orange line icon of a hand with a purse of money above it to indicate pensions as an available benefit


Orange line icon of a medical plaster to indicate personal accident insurance as an available benefit

Personal accident insurance

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Private medical insurance

Orange line icon of a knife and fork to indicate restaurant cards as an available benefit

Restaurant cards

Orange line icon of a piggybank to indicate save as you earn as part of a benefit scheme

Save as you earn

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Orange line icon of a computer to indicate technology loans


Orange line icon of a person giving a presentation to depict training as a benefit


Orange line icon of a folded map to indicate travel insurance as a benefit

Travel insurance

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Will writing

With Zest you can

Cluster of logos of vendors who Zest integrate with including Sage, Bupa, Workday, SDWorx, The People's Pension, HiBob, iTrent, Legal and General, UNUM and ADP


We work well with others

Zest connects seamlessly with the HR, payroll and benefits providers you use. Our integrations save you time, reduce your admin, and keep your data up-to-date, everywhere. And you don’t need to log in to loads of different systems, just Zest.

What they say

The Insight module enables us to delve deeper and find out when, how and why our employees are using the platform, which is great
UK Payroll & Benefits Manager
Artist's illustration of what a screenshot within Zest Benefits looks like when analysing employee benefits uptake in an organisation

Without data, it’s just an opinion

Get the insights you need to make smart decisions.

  • Measure how employees use the platform, understand the benefits they’re choosing, identify which ones they’re not, and how this has changed over time.
  • Explore the data, drilling down by employee characteristics like age, department gender and salary.
  • View a dashboard of tasks for the HR or benefits team.
  • Quickly identify employees who have, haven’t or are in the process of updating their benefits.
Example screenshot of how an engagement group can be built within Zest Benefits to customise communications

Ditch the one-size-fits-all approach

Every company and every employee is unique. That’s why Zest is personalised to every user, based on the benefits you offer, the benefits they have, and the messages you want them to see.

  • Personalise your benefits portal for every employee.
  • Drive benefits uptake with targeted communications.
  • Send communications to individuals or groups of employees.
  • Display banners to employees when they log in.
  • Grab attention with targeted emails.
  • Schedule messages or send them immediately.

What they say

“The platform has been pivotal in our communications with colleagues”
Reward Manager
Travis Perkins
Example screen shot of the Total Reward Statement within Zest Benefits

What if your employees actually valued their benefits?

Be honest. If you asked your workforce what the value of their benefits package is, how many people would get it right? With our total reward statement, employees can see all the info they need, along with an easy-to-understand chart that emphasises the benefits package and not just their salary. It’s always up-to-date and employees can see how it’s changed over time, as well as how it will change in the future.

An example screenshot to show how benefits communications can be personalised to the user

You do you

Unlike most employee benefits platforms, Zest gives you the power to change the look and feel of your system yourself. You don’t need us to do it for you (although we can if you want), and you won’t need to ask for help from your IT or marketing teams either.

  • Create pages using our easy-to-use editing tool.
  • Customise images, add video, change fonts, add logos and tweak colours. 
  • Have multiple brands in a group of companies? No problem. With Zest, you can manage different employer brands from a single system.
A depiction of how a benefits group can be created within Zest

Make the complex simple

Zest makes managing your employee benefits schemes quick and easy, whether you’re a single business in the UK or a global group of companies. And because our benefits system is updated in real-time, your benefits data is always accurate and up-to-date.

Say goodbye to manual processes, with Zest you can build your own rules to automate which benefits are available to each employee based on factors like job grade, location, salary or a change in the employee’s circumstances.

And because Zest has been designed to be flexible, we’ll get you up and running with your new benefits system in weeks rather than months or years.

It’s saved me time and a lot of manual work! This means I can focus on more critical things every month.
Payroll and Benefits Manager
Crown Agents Bank


Employee benefits FAQs

Employee benefits are the extra perks and advantages that employers provide to their employees, beyond their regular salary or wages.

An employee benefits platform is a business management system used by organisations to centralise and streamline the management and admin of its employee benefits offering. 

Usually, employee benefits platforms will be made available on a self-service basis to employees as well as the HR and benefits teams, enabling employees to access and update their personal information and benefits selections from a PC, tablet or smartphone. 

For HR and benefits teams, an employee benefits system will normally include reporting and communication tools to help the business to understand the uptake and effectiveness of their benefits offerings, and to communicate important information to employees surrounding their benefits package.

Organisations operating internationally, with staff employed in multiple countries, need to ensure that the benefits they provide comply with local regulations, and their impact on local taxes are taken into account and managed properly. A global benefits platform needs to be able to offer different benefits to different employees based on factors including their country of employment and their salary, and calculate any tax savings to the employee and/or the employer based on local tax law.

Employee benefits platforms help organisations to manage their benefits schemes more efficiently, reducing administration costs and ensuring the accuracy of their benefits data. Organisations can also report on which employee benefits are popular, or not, and adjust the benefits they provide and promote based on this data. 

By giving their staff access to a benefits system, filling it with benefits that are relevant to each employee, and communicating with their workforce, organisations can also increase the uptake of employee benefits among their people, increasing employee engagement and retention. In addition, by increasing the value of benefits used by their employees, organisations can save money through benefits provided on a salary sacrifice basis by reducing their employer’s National Insurance costs.

The amount spent by individual companies will vary significantly and depend on numerous factors including their culture, financial performance and the level of competition for talent in their sector.

The cost of an employee benefits platform varies from provider to provider and will depend on the amount of functionality you require, the number of employees using the solution and the length of the contract you commit to. Zest offers three different pricing tiers to our customers.

The implementation time for an employee benefits platform will vary across vendors and also depends on the complexity of your organisation and your benefits scheme. Another frequently overlooked factor is how quickly each customer organisation can provide the required information and feedback during the implementation process. Many enterprise benefits platforms take multiple months, and sometimes years to implement. Because Zest has been created with flexibility in mind and is implemented by our experienced, expert implementation team, it’s possible to get you up and running with your benefits system in a matter of weeks.

Attractive employee benefits packages help companies to attract new staff, keep them engaged and motivated, and retain employees who might otherwise be tempted away to a new job elsewhere. Employee benefits can also help to improve the mental, physical and financial well-being of employees by ensuring they have access to helpful services and resources such as health and dental insurance, gym memberships, financial coaching and access to counsellors. 

Employee benefits can also be used to help employees and employers to access valuable perks while reducing the amount of tax and/or national insurance they need to pay.

Employee benefits systems can save organisations money in four main ways: 

  • They’re able to reduce the amount of administrative time that HR and benefits teams need to spend on facilitating their benefits schemes.
  • Employee benefits systems will normally provide reporting tools that show organisations which employee benefits are unpopular but may still be costing the business money, which can therefore be removed or swapped for a different offering. 
  • By providing and promoting an attractive benefits package, organisations can reduce their recruitment costs by making their organisation more attractive for new candidates and also reducing turnover among existing employees.
  • By helping to increase the uptake of employee benefits among their staff, organisations can reduce their employer’s National Insurance contributions when providing staff benefits via salary sacrifice.