Reduce your people’s tax bill — and yours — with salary sacrifice 

Pensions are the most tax-efficient form of retirement saving — but are you taking full advantage?

Salary sacrifice is a way to make your defined contribution (DC) scheme even more tax efficient and one of the 12 areas identified by our DC MOT for ensuring DC pensions and associated benefits are in good shape. But we find lots of employers are not making use of this arrangement.

All employee pension contributions are subject to national insurance contributions paid by the employee and the employer. Using salary sacrifice, these costs can be removed — saving money for your people and you the employer.

Salary sacrifice, also known as salary exchange, enables an employee to swap part of their salary for a non-cash benefit from their employer — usually through increased pension savings. This can also open up opportunities for employees to receive state benefits (for example, child benefit) they may not otherwise be entitled to.

How does salary sacrifice work?

In this video, Mercer’s Carla Rawlinson takes a look at salary sacrifice. Subjects she covers include:

  • How salary sacrifice works
  • The potential savings for employers and employees
  • The need for careful planning

And if you don't already work with Mercer on DC pensions, get in touch. We’d be delighted to help you benchmark your defined contribution scheme against other UK employers for free — to help you identify ways you can save money, reduce risk and improve the outcomes for you and your people.

Salary sacrifice is a way to make your DC scheme even more tax efficient — but we find lots of employers aren’t taking advantage of this arrangement. By not using salary exchange, you and your people are incurring unnecessary tax bills. With careful planning you can make considerable savings.
Carla Rawlinson

Principal, DC Pensions & Financial Wellness, Mercer

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