The Government are committed to supporting employee share ownership, which benefits companies, employees and the economy.
The Government encourage employee share ownership through three tax-advantaged share schemes: Save-As-You-Earn (SAYE), the Share Incentive Plan (SIP), and the Company Share Option Plan (CSOP).
The Government also introduced the Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI), designed to help small higher-risk companies recruit and retain employees who have the skills that will help the company to grow and succeed. EMI as a share option incentive also facilitates employee share ownership.
Details on all the tax-advantaged share schemes, including the National Statistics on their usage, can be found at:
The Government have not made any estimate regarding how many companies operate non-tax-advantaged employee share schemes.