Staff hoping to boost their employee benefits need to ensure their skills are regularly updated, experts suggest.

Employers appreciate workers who update their capabilities and provide evidence of their achievements, according to the Chartered Management Institute.

Ruth Spellman, chief executive of the institute, says firms need be shown that staff can manage effectively.

She explained: “When you write on your CV that you’ve had ten years of management experience, what does that mean if there isn’t any validation of the skills that you’ve learnt?”

Strong evidence that a worker has improved and added to his or her skills set may prove beneficial when applying for higher employee rewards.

However, the current economic climate may mean it is harder for companies to reward their staff for their achievements.

Research by the institute has found that 45 per cent of managers report that the number of employees feeling “involved and valued” in their workplace has decreased over the past six months.