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Employee share schemes help you stand out in a red-hot job market

September 10, 2021

Chris Lynch, CA, Managing Director

It’s tough for employers right now – many industries are reporting chronic shortages of skills and labour. Employees are in a strong position when it comes to negotiating, either for a new role or within the one they have.

When your business relies on a few key senior employees, it makes sense to try to hold onto those great workers. More pay, greater flexibility and extra perks are some of the ways bosses traditionally lure and retain talented team members.

Another option, less commonly offered, is an employee share scheme. This is a way to offer an employee some ownership in the business – these schemes are common in publicly listed companies and they can also work in smaller, privately-owned businesses.

The benefits to employees are:

  • having a share of the profits
  • greater decision-making power
  • potentially growing their wealth significantly if the company succeeds.

For employers, the benefits are:

  • increasing staff retention
  • providing benefits without spending cash
  • the potential to eventually transfer ownership to the next generation as you step away.

There are several ways to provide a share benefit to employees, including options, part-pay in shares, or performance-linked share bonuses. If you’re going to offer a share scheme, you’ll need to work out the nitty-gritty before you begin negotiating with your key team members.

We can work with you to figure out a way to make an employee share scheme that is beneficial to you and your key employees. We can also help you ensure you’re complying with the rules and taxes for your scheme. 

Give us a call or drop us a note.


Chris Lynch, CA, Managing Director

Lynch & Associates Limited

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