Staff loyalty and IT skills among staff at Dixons have been improved by a loan scheme offering employees the chance to buy a computer after two years’ service with the company.
In exchange for a small cut in salary, a member of staff is loaned a computer for two years with the option to buy at the end of that time.
Employees choosing to make the purchase at the end of the two years, made cost savings of up to 40 per cent on the retail price, said Dixon. The scheme was offered to 17,000 eligible staff in Dixon, with one in seven employees taking up the offer.
Recent legislation from Gordon Brown on discretionary tax allowances gave employees the opportunity to acquire PCs in this way.
Dixons is now offering the PC loan programme to UK companies. The scheme will enable employers to purchase computers and loan them to staff over a two-year period.
“Aside from the goodwill and loyalty created by offering employees a bargain, it makes economic sense for companies to help their employees to obtain a home PC, as users can improve their IT skills, which in turn improves productivity,” said Alan Uren, director of Dixons Group Business Services.