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Half of UK companies looking at share schemes

More than half of the UK&#39s largest companies are considering offering employees the opportunity to buy shares in the firm according to research from consultancy Watson Wyatt.

53 per cent of FTSE-350 companies are looking at introducing an All-Employee Share Ownership Plan, although only 9 per cent currently do, the survey findings show.

Already, 150 companies operate an Aesop and a further 300 have applied to Inland Revenue for approval.

Watson Wyatt partner Richard Cockman says: “It is very likely that AESOPs will become the preferred share delivery mechanism for many employers.”

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