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Share-based Reward


Share schemes, linked to appropriate performance-related targets, allow meaningful rewards to be delivered to employees contingent on the future success of the business. Many Irish companies offer share awards which qualify for favourable tax treatment. This can have a significant impact on participation levels and further benefit employers, in terms of reduced social security costs.

We advise a wide range of Irish-owned and multinational companies on all aspects of equity based reward including the effective administration of share plans. We are also represented at Council level within the Irish ProShare Association (IPSA), the leading body in Ireland representing the interests of employers who offer share based incentives to staff.

Potential issues

When considering equity based rewards you will need to think about the types of plans you wish to put in place for both employees and executives. The issues you may need to consider include:

  • The consistency with your corporate goals
  • Obtaining shareholder and institutional investor approval
  • Motivating participants to achieve results
  • Keeping up with market best practice
  • The Revenue approval process
  • Effectively communicating the key features to participants
  • Maximising value for money through appropriate performance measures
  • Tax effectiveness and accounting treatment of various plans
  • Managing payroll costs
  • Ensuring effective administration of share plans

How can we help?

We have many years of experience assisting companies on all aspects of share based reward. We can help with a full suite of services from:

  • Design and development of your equity based reward plan
  • Assistance with the Revenue approval process
  • Implementation of the approved plan
  • Appropriate employee communications
  • Ongoing administration and management of the plan.


Contact us

Pat Mahon

Partner, PwC Ireland (Republic of)

Tel: +353 1 792 6186

Tara Murray

Director, PwC Ireland (Republic of)

Tel: +353 1 792 5465

Liam Doyle

Director, PwC Ireland (Republic of)

Tel: +353 1 792 8638

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