Welfare beyond the State: Employers as Welfare Providers in Germany and the UK

February 14, 2014

Dr. Felix Behling presented a seminar on welfare policies provided by employers in Germany and the UK and how these “perks” are linked to the welfare policies of the state.


From Cadburys to Google, from BMW to SAP, many employers have provided their employees with significant ‘perks’. The paper deals with the creation and use of welfare outside the British and German welfare states, showing that employer welfare and governmental welfare are inherently interwoven. It also shows that the modern employment relationship has developed from an ad-hoc idea into an institution that exists independently from its main actors and that can influence their actions. What are the consequences for the position of workers in Germany and the UK of the different ways in which employers and the employment relationship has developed?