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Salary sacrifice not a priority for sub-100 vehicle fleets

Companies with fleets of less than 100 company cars are turning their backs on salary sacrifice, according to a survey by Grosvenor Contracts.

When asked how likely they were to implement a salary sacrifice scheme this year, more than two thirds (69.8%) said they were either ‘unlikely’ or ‘highly unlikely’ to introduce such a scheme, or not sure whether they would consider it.

The survey of more than 100 businesses found that no company said it was ‘highly likely’ to implement salary sacrifice, less than 2% were looking to launch a scheme and only 3.8% already had a scheme in place.

The remaining 24.6% admitted that they were unclear of the benefits of salary sacrifice and therefore felt unable to comment.

“We’ve seen very little appetite for salary sacrifice,” commented Shaun Barritt, managing director of Grosvenor Contracts, “which is why the results of our survey don’t particularly surprise us.

“Whilst it’s something that’s been talked about quite extensively in the fleet sector with very large fleets, we’ve seen very little evidence that demand exists for companies operating under 100 vehicles, whereas we’re seeing the need for other services reaching an all time high.

“Daily rental and short-term lease are certainly two services that are seeing unprecedented demand in 2013, as companies seek flexible leasing solutions.

“Broader fleet management is also growing rapidly, whereby we become the overall fleet department for our clients, unburdening them of the entire process of dealing with their vehicles and drivers.”

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