Tusker Adds three New Salary Sacrifice Car Schemes to Growing Portfolio

Tusker, a mar­ket leader in salary sac­ri­fice car schemes, has added three more new car schemes cov­er­ing near­ly 10,000 employ­ees to the rapid­ly grow­ing port­fo­lio it oper­ates in the UK, tak­ing the total num­ber of live schemes to more than 180. (Editor’s note: Salary sac­ri­fice is the inclu­sion of employ­ee ben­e­fits  in an employ­ee remu­ner­a­tion pack­age in exchange for giv­ing up part of mon­e­tary salary.)

The three new schemes are with Sandwell Coun­cil which has around 5,000 employ­ees and which went live in June; Calderdale Coun­cil which launched a new low car­bon car scheme to more than 3,600 eli­gi­ble employ­ees; and Oxford City Coun­cil which has 1,200 eli­gi­ble employ­ees and went live last month.

Tusker has now tak­en more than 12,000 orders to date through its award-win­ning SalarySacrifice4Cars scheme (SS4C) in both the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors. The num­ber of live schemes has grown by more than 60% in the last 12 months with anoth­er 40 schemes expect­ed to go live before the year end.

Jan Brit­ton, Chief Exec­u­tive of Sandwell Coun­cil, said that the new salary sac­ri­fice scheme had been very well received by employ­ees and that in excess of 40 new car orders had already been placed. “The salary sac­ri­fice car scheme joins a num­ber of ben­e­fits under our Sandwell Employ­ee Ben­e­fits Scheme pack­age, and after two months is already ahead of where we expect­ed it to be.”

Brit­ton said that Sandwell had worked close­ly with Tusker to com­mu­ni­cate the ben­e­fits of the scheme to employ­ees. “We had a robust com­mu­ni­ca­tion plan includ­ing a ded­i­cat­ed intranet site. We also ran a num­ber of road­shows, and had posters, fly­ers and mes­sages on employ­ees’ payslips.

“As Chief Exec­u­tive, I also made sure the scheme was pro­mot­ed reg­u­lar­ly through my blog. Hav­ing achieved this lev­el of aware­ness, it’s our inten­tion to keep the scheme’s pro­file high and to show employ­ees that it is avail­able all year round and not just dur­ing ben­e­fits breaks,” he added.

The ini­tia­tive at Calderdale was dri­ven by the Council’s Trans­port Ser­vices Man­ag­er, Paul Topham, who rec­om­mend­ed the idea of a salary sac­ri­fice car scheme, open to all per­ma­nent employ­ees, to the Human Resources depart­ment. “I had seen the scheme that was being run by Tusker with North York­shire Coun­ty Coun­cil and was very impressed by it. I thought a sim­i­lar scheme would work very well at Calderdale,” said Topham.

“It was very straight­for­ward to imple­ment the scheme, and we set a car­bon cap of 130/km on the scheme, which we thought was appro­pri­ate for our needs as it made more fam­i­ly type cars, such as MPVs and SUVs, avail­able to our staff,” said Paul Topham.

The terms of the agree­ment are flex­i­ble so that employ­ees can choose from vehi­cle con­tracts of 24, 30 or 36 months, while the scheme is inclu­sive of motor insur­ance, ser­vic­ing and main­te­nance, Road Fund License, road­side assis­tance, tires and glass.

Calderdale employ­ees are also encour­aged to order cars with a com­bined fuel con­sump­tion of more than 50mpg to help reduce the Council’s car­bon foot­print and improve mileage effi­cien­cy.

So far, the Calderdale scheme has been greet­ed very enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly with more than 40 new car orders being placed in the first three months, cov­er­ing a wide range of vehi­cles from Ford Fies­tas to Range Rover Evo­ques.

At Oxford City Coun­cil, the new salary sac­ri­fice car scheme has also been set with a car­bon cap of 130g/km, and gives employ­ees a choice from up to 3,500 avail­able new mod­els.

The Coun­cil looked at sev­er­al sup­pli­ers before select­ing Tusker based on its advanced tech­nol­o­gy, along with exten­sive dri­ver sup­port not only dur­ing the order process, but through­out the entire agree­ment.

Pay­roll Tech­ni­cian, Paul Collins, said, ”Our employ­ees already have access to oth­er salary sac­ri­fice schemes for child­care vouch­ers and cycles for work, and in a sur­vey iden­ti­fied that a car scheme would be a wel­come addi­tion to those ben­e­fits avail­able.

“Feed­back to date has been very pos­i­tive and the web por­tal for employ­ees to choose their new cars, and for us as employ­ers to autho­rize orders, is very easy to use,” he said.

Tusker’s Chief Com­mer­cial Offi­cer, Iain Carmichael (pic­tured), said: “We are delight­ed to wel­come Sandwell, Calderdale and Oxford City Coun­cils to the grow­ing num­ber of UK orga­ni­za­tions using our mar­ket-lead­ing SS4C scheme.”

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