More and more Britons are using property equity to buy a dream home in the sun. Foreign Currency Direct, a Buckinghamshire-based independent broker, helps them to exchange pounds into euros or other currencies and transfer sums abroad.
Half of the 56 employees earn more than £45,000 a year (all of the dealers, directors and officers are men), but the company gets the second-highest positive score for the lack of stress-related symptoms from the job, an impressive 93%. People say work doesn’t interfere with responsibilities at home either, with an 82% positive score for this question.
The business comes in first for staff saying that their team is fun to work with (96%) and second for giving them a buzz (89%). Its employees say they haven’t got much they would change about the organisation either (a top 10 positive score of 58%).
Everyone has performance-related pay and the few with profit-related pay benefit from the healthy balance sheet. People appear happy with their salary and benefits (83%).
With an average age of 29, there is no pension scheme. Stephen Hughes, strategic planner, explains: “We don’t expect people to be doing this job forever, and they prefer to put their money into houses and property.”
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