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.


Ocado staff receive sharesave payout of £7,900

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 | By Jennifer Paterson

EXCLUSIVE: Retailer’s first scheme maturity.


IFS Proshare appoints new head of employee share ownership

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 | By Jennifer Paterson

Alan Scott replaces John Collison.


Quintessa launches employee ownership trust

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 | By Robert Crawford

The organisation is now 100% owned by its employees.


HMRC launches consultation on unapproved share schemes download

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 | By Jennifer Paterson

It follows recommendations made by the OTS in January 2014.


Tesco awarded for employee share schemes

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 | By Debbie Lovewell-Tuck

The Employee Benefits Awards 2014 took place on 27 June.

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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.

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.

Review of benefits tax

A quick guide to employee benefits tax

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 | By Robert Crawford

Tax-efficient benefits can save both employees and employers money.

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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. 

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VIDEO: Kevin O'Boyle: BT targets benefits communication video

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 | By Jennifer Paterson

BT Group has high share plan and pensions take up.

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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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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