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Partnerships in Care implements salary sacrifice car scheme to attract and retain staff

The organisation already provided a wide range of employee benefits for its staff, including childcare vouchers, private healthcare, cycle-to-work and eye-care schemes. But, after a series of employee focus groups identified new cars as a benefit that many staff would be interested in, the organisation sought the advice of its employee benefits provider, Capita.

Capita recommended Fleet Hire’s Car Salary Exchange scheme, which now has over 100 live schemes in operation across the UK, in public, private and not-for-profit organisations.

The new Car Salary Exchange scheme went live at Partnership in Care in June this year, covering up to 5,000 employees to provide them with access to a new car. The scheme includes a carbon cap set at 130g/km to promote green car uptake, and already has more than 40 new car orders in the system with average CO2 emissions of 106g/km.

Staff are able to access up to 4,000 new cars available through the scheme and generate quotes online via the Car Salary Exchange online quotation platform, which can be accessed using computers, tablets or mobile phones at home.

Car Salary Exchange personnel have held a series of roadshows, both formal presentations and drop-in sessions, depending on which work best for size of the site and shift patterns, to promote the scheme at its sites.

Scheme take-up has so far exceeded expectations, said Leanne Austin, senior HR business partner at Partnership in Care, who has been responsible for its implementation.

“We felt the car scheme was an excellent idea that would help us to attract and retain staff within our sector of the health industry, and have set the car lease terms at three years in a bid to try and retain staff for longer.

“There has been a very positive reaction to the scheme so far amongst employees. Take-up has been around 10% of those people who have registered an interest in the scheme, which is above our initial expectations for the scheme.”

Zaf Iqbal, head of car salary exchange at Fleet Hire, added: ”We are delighted to be providing our latest car scheme to Partnerships in Care, which has seen a high level of initial take-up amongst the staff. This is a perfect example of how a successful launch can increase scheme take-up beyond expectations.

“However, there is still plenty more work to be done to promote the scheme to all eligible staff, and we believe there is much greater potential for take-up across the organisation,” he said.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.