Schedule 3 SAYE Option Scheme: General requirements: All-employee nature of scheme
Paragraph 6 states that every person who meets the following criteria is eligible to participate in the scheme. The person:
- is an employee or a full time director (see ETASSUM32180),
- has been a full time director or employee for a qualifying period set out in the scheme rules of not more than 5 years (see ETASSUM32190), and
- has earnings from the office or employment that are general earnings within section 15 of ITEPA (see ETASSUM32200).
(Prior to 17th July 2013, anyone who owned more than 25 % of the company was ineligible to participate in an SAYE scheme. This was the ‘material interest ‘ test).