Salary Sacrifice

Salary sacrifice allows employees to agree to forego part of their salary in return for non-cash benefits such as childcare vouchers and pension contributions, which can enable tax and national insurance savings to be made. Salary sacrifice offers employees greater flexibility of choice as to how their remuneration package is shaped.


Legal opinion: Incentivising staff in challenging economic conditions

1 Aug 2011

Incentivising staff in these challenging economic times is more important than ever as employers look to increase productivity and get...

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Childcare vouchers: an introduction for employers

6 Jun 2011

The number of working parents in the UK is on the rise. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that...

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Pay trend research highlights contrasts across 12 sectors

5 Nov 2010

Pay trends for the past year varied widely by sector, with manufacturing seeing median pay rises above that for the...

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Payroll giving schemes donated £81 million to charity last year

22 Sep 2010

The number of employees donating to charity through their employer’s payroll scheme has risen by more than 150% over the past...

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company car allowance

Company car allowance: an alternative to giving company cars?

16 Aug 2010

Giving employees a company car allowance instead of a car can help employers avoid company car tax. A company car...

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Company car tax and salary sacrifice: understanding the rules

16 Aug 2010

The reduced company car tax on low-emission cars has suddenly made salary sacrifice attractive for both employers and employees.Company car...

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ECJ rules employers liable for unpaid VAT on retail vouchers

3 Aug 2010

Employers are being urged to review their salary-sacrifice retail voucher arrangements following a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that VAT...

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Cycling to work: 10 reasons why employers should have a cycle to work scheme

28 May 2010

This article is part of a Personnel Today Buyers’ Guide, a free, independent resource for employers thinking of implementing a...

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Childcare vouchers and salary sacrifice during maternity leave: The true cost of childcare vouchers

9 Jul 2009

Employers are facing up to far higher childcare voucher costs than they anticipated, but lack of government clarification means confusion...

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Salary sacrifice and childcare benefits: legal Q&A

9 Jul 2009

Employers remain confused about whether they are required pick up the bill for childcare voucher schemes when their employees go...

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Salary sacrifice: Making that personal sacrifice

6 Jul 2009

One relatively pain-free way for staff to increase their pension contributions is through salary sacrifice. Ian Bird details what this...

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Salary sacrifice for pensions ignored by many employers

3 Jul 2009

Many UK employers either don’t consider using salary sacrifice in pension plans or ignore it, claims actuarial consultancy Punter Southall,...

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Different reward packages for new recruits risk upsetting existing staff

5 Jun 2009

Closing final salary pension schemes and offering new starters a different rewards package in a bid to save costs risks...

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HR should spread the ‘salary sacrifice benefits pensions’ message

11 May 2009

HR managers should be telling high earners in their organisations how to take advantage of salary sacrifice to boost pension...

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T-mobile offers staff discounts on bus season tickets

11 May 2009

T-mobile has stepped up efforts in its corporate social responsibility agenda after the firm introduced a bus-pass incentive scheme for...

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