Share schemes

Share Schemes

Employers can design their own employee share schemes, but most use of favourable tax treatment available through the four HM Revenue & Customs-approved schemes: sharesave (SAYE), share incentive plan (Sip), company share option plan (Csop) and enterprise management incentive (EMI). Executive share option plans (including long term incentives – Ltips) are used for very senior employees.


Value of share options granted through EMI schemes rises

Mon, 1 Sep 2014 | By James Dyble

Staff able to take advantage of improved tax breaks.


Employee benefits trusts closed to tax avoidance

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 | By Robert Crawford

HMRC challenged tax deductions worth £9m.


HMRC to withdraw employee benefit trust settlement opportunity

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 | By Jennifer Paterson

EBTs used before 6 April 2011 must notify HMRC by 31 March 2015.


Ocado launches share incentive plan for staff

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 | By Jennifer Paterson

EXCLUSIVE: It will also issue free shares to staff in September.


BT staff to share £1.1bn sharesave payout

Fri, 1 Aug 2014 | By Jennifer Paterson

Its five-year sharesave plan matured on 1 August.

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Share incentive plans

Buyer's guide to share incentive plans

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 | By Georgina Fuller

Share incentive plans continue to gain popularity.

Tapestry launches online global share plan service

Share schemes in numbers

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 | By Jennifer Paterson

A round-up of the latest facts and figures around share schemes.

What the new share scheme savings limits mean for employers

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 | By Robert Crawford

New limits come into effect from April 2014.

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The benefits offered by Sky

Wed, 4 Jun 2014 | By Jennifer Paterson

Entertainment and communications giant uses benefits to keep staff connected. 

Case studies

Chris Mowatt, head of global stock & reward services at Barclays

How to use all employee share plans effectively video

Fri, 5 Sep 2014

This Summer School video is presented by Chris Mowatt, head of global stock & reward services, Barclays

Jenny Davidson sets up reward consultancy

Jenny Davidson: How can a reward strategy drive employee engagement?

Mon, 23 Jun 2014

Pay and benefits were once described as ‘hygiene’ factors.

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Edenred posts financial results for the first half of 2014

Edenred UK Thu, 7 Aug 2014

Edenred has revealed that issue volume is up 12.3 per cent like for like to €8.3bn.

Jill Evans YBS

Jill Evans: How important are share plans to employees?

Fri, 1 Nov 2013 | By Jill Evans

Today, millions of employees take part in a variety of share plans.

More UK employees saving into share schemes

51% of eligible staff take part in sharesave schemes

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 | By Jennifer Paterson

IFS Proshare research: Up from 34% in 2013.


£2.85bn awarded to staff via share plans in 2012/13

Tue, 1 Jul 2014 | By Robert Crawford

HMRC report: 7% higher than in 2011/12.

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