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Many employers believe that where employees have a stake in their company's success, they will be more motivated and positive about their work, and that this will in turn benefit the company. Such employers implement share plans to allow their employees to become partowners of the company, alongside any founder and external investors. Research evidence does show a positive connection between employee share ownership and company performance.
Employee Share Plans take two main forms:
In the United Kingdom, tax incentives are available for both discretionary and all-employee plans under HMRC "Approved" self certification process.
Based on HMRC statistics in July 2013 we estimate that there are currently over 12,800 companies in the UK with Tax Advantaged Employee Share Plans which offer tax benefits both for employers and the employees who participate. In addition, there are "descretionary" plans (i.e. without tax benefits) offered by both listed and non-listed companies.
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Computershare is a global leader in share registration, employee share plans, proxy solicitation and other specialised services.
Capita is the UK's largest provider of share registration services, acting as registrar to more than 50% of the listed companies in the UK.
BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries.
Equiniti is the market leader in the provision of employee share plans (ESP) and share registration.
Equatex is a proven leader in delivering global compensation plan management solutions. Our trusted experts are passionate and committed to making our clients’ compensations plans successful by offering the most innovative end-to-end platform and best-in-class solutions in the industry.
Equatex works with 200 companies worldwide and connects with over 1.5 million of their employees. We serve clients across all major industries, from industrial, financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals to energy and IT.
For nearly two decades Equatex has delivered excellence in executive and all-employee compensation plan administration, from implementation to distribution, reporting and expiry of the plans. And thanks to our global experts and offices in major financial hubs, we can navigate the complexities of local tax and the regulatory implications of international plans.
By using world-class cloud technology, our products and services are tailored to our clients’ compensation goals and the plan participants’ needs. With the launch of a next-generation user experience in our trusted platform EquatePlus in 2016, we are redefining the way plan participants interact with their compensation and share participation schemes. The platform, together with our mobile application and market leading reporting capabilities, enables global companies to deliver effective and engaging compensation schemes across borders, languages and currencies.
YBS Share Plans is part of Yorkshire Building Society, providing share plan services since 1980, building trusted relationships with the business community.
Barclays have been providing administration services for employee stock plans for over 25 years.