National Statistics

Employee share schemes statistics: commentary

Employee share schemes are used by companies, to grant options to buy shares or award shares directly, to their employees.



HMRC offers 4 approved share schemes that have tax-advantages to both employees and employers. Company Share Option Plan and Enterprise Management Incentives are for certain employees chosen at the discretion of the employer. Save As You Earn and Share Incentive Plan are for all employees.

Published 30 September 2015
Last updated 25 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include statistics for 2018-2019.

  2. Updated the commentary and accompanying tables for tax year 2017 to 2018.

  3. Updated the commentary and accompanying tables.

  4. Updated commentary.

  5. Updated commentary.

  6. First published.