Employers commonly use shares and other securities to reward, encourage and retain employees and can arrange for shares or other securities to be acquired by their employees in a number of ways. For example:
•the employee may be allowed to acquire them at less than market value;
•the employee may be given them for no payment;
•the employee may be granted an option to acquire them at a future date.
The shares or other securities will generally be in a company for which the employee works, or another group company.