Skip to content

Our employee incentive services

Where you need them

Our multi-jurisdiction approach is unique in international employee incentives. TMF Group offers global coverage to help you find the right jurisdiction for your strategic objectives.

Reward, motivate, retain

Whether you are tackling an outdated and inefficient structure or starting with a blank sheet of paper, we offer flexible structures, class-leading technology platforms, creative minds, and multi-jurisdictional expertise to match your requirements.

Our structures

It can be challenging providing benefits for globally mobile employees, with local rules limiting flexibility, portability, and fiscal efficiency. International legislation is hard to navigate and setup costs can be substantial.

With our singular multi-jurisdictional approach and global reach we offer a range of flexible, efficient, and cost-effective employer-sponsored international pension solutions. We ensure that they readily portable from company to company and jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

  • Packaged plans provide standardised solutions.
  • Bespoke schemes can be tailored to exact needs.
  • Hybrid structures support the complexity of international HR objectives.

Our easy-to-use online platform simplifies investment management and lets individual members manage their accounts. Demonstrations are available on request.

Long term incentive plans are a powerful way for international employers to attract, retain, motivate, and reward their employees; these plans are fundamental to any competitive remuneration package for global executives and employees.

These employee benefit trusts are discretionary trusts located in the jurisdiction of your choice, with the employee as the beneficiary (who are also able to nominate beneficiaries in the event of their death). The trust can hold a variety of assets including cash, shares, share options and rights, or a combination of several types. Employee benefit trusts plans can be tailored to the employer’s objectives for the trust and the wider company.

They often form the basis of management incentive plans, long-term incentive plans, joint share ownership plans, performance share plans, deferred bonus plans and the like, with the trustees responsible for making awards to employees who meet conditions which are often length of service or performance-related.

Using an employee benefit trusts to offer staff a vested ownership stake links their rewards and motivations directly to those of the wider business. The trust can even be designed to support a managed change of company ownership, paving the way for a management buy-out, for example. TMF Group creates, maintains and administers flexible structures for a wide range of trust-based incentive arrangements.

We have been providing these services to clients of all sizes and from all sectors for more than 15 years – everyone from a small start-up to a large multinational.

JISPs can be usefully deployed alongside existing pension plans, share schemes and other incentive arrangements to create highly customised hybrid schemes. Business benefits include effective recruitment, retention and motivation. For employers in unstable sectors or high-risk locations, a JISP can protect employee benefits from creditors, insolvency and political risk.

Our trust-based EoSG structure is simple and flexible – ideal for companies needing a funded, transparent, secure and segregated arrangement to provide a lump sum at end of service. It also allows for additional employee savings through salary deduction. Our online platform not only allows the member to manage their savings, but provides a real-time calculation.

In the Gulf, where EoSG schemes are often unfunded and fiscally uncertain, they are beginning to be replaced with investment-based workplace savings schemes. Our master trust structure provides employers with a much more flexible solution than official schemes, a state-of-the-art online member experience, and the potential to serve employees in multiple jurisdictions.

Employee incentives – core jurisdictions

For local, regional, and international companies ADGM is a gateway to Abu Dhabi, the UAE, the wider Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, as well as a bridge between Europe and Asia. It is independent and self-governing, with directly elected legislative assemblies and its own administrative, fiscal and legal systems. There are 90 double tax treaties already in force and another 39 under negotiation. At present VAT is the only tax levied.

A strong regulatory framework (based on English legal principles) with three independent authorities – the Registration Authority, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority and the ADGM Courts – is recognised as such by the World Bank and IMF. This sophisticated and comprehensive infrastructure of laws and regulations promotes investor confidence, creates value and has helped ADGM be named regional Financial Centre of the Year (MENA and EMEA) several times in recent years.

Uniquely positioned at the intersection of Chinese and international capital flows, Hong Kong is the global business community’s gateway to mainland China and a regional hub for legal, financing and asset management services.

A stable and fully convertible currency, no exchange controls, low tax rates and a simple tax structure make Hong Kong an efficient environment in which to do business. Its sound regulatory regime meets prevailing international practices while allowing the free flow of capital and information. As Asia’s second-largest private equity centre, it manages about 20 per cent of the region’s total capital pool.

Hong Kong is a popular, tax-efficient jurisdiction in which enterprises in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) planning a stock market flotation (IPO) can locate their employee benefit trusts. Trustee licensees must comply with strict anti-money laundering and terrorist financing laws.

Jersey is a long-established politically and economically stable offshore financial centre. As a British crown dependency, it is independent, self-governing (with its own fiscal and legal systems and a directly elected legislature) and not part of the EU.

A strong regulatory framework (based on English legal principles) is recognised as such by the World Bank and the IMF. The OECD gave Jersey its highest score for tax transparency. The island’s financial authorities actively attract high-quality business to the island. A sophisticated and comprehensive infrastructure of laws and regulations promotes investor confidence and helps create value.

All Jersey’s banks rank among the top 500 worldwide, attracting clients from more than 200 countries.

Singapore is known for its pro-business policies, strong governance and efficient regulatory framework. It consistently ranks among the least complex jurisdictions for doing business , in TMF Group’s Global Business Complexity Index (‘GBCI’) , offering a transparent and corruption-free environment for investors.

Moreover, Singapore is a global financial hub with a strong presence of banks, assets management firms and investment funds. Its deep capital markets and robust regulatory framework make it an ideal location for raising funds and managing employee benefit trusts.

Despite proving to be a complex place to do business in many ways, Argentina is an attractive destination for businesses looking to invest. The country offers relatively low labour and operational costs. It also has a well-established legal and regulatory framework which provides a solid foundation for companies, ensuring compliance with local laws and regulations.

Find out more about Employee Incentives

What sets our services apart?

10,000 experts, 125 offices, 86 jurisdictions

We have all timezones and local languages, regulations and cultures covered

Agile, fast and knowledgeable

Our experts understand that urgency and speed are key to success for our 8,000 clients

Investing in technology and people

We are improving our bespoke and cutting edge global systems and processes

man with posti-it notes

We make a complex world simple

TMF Group is a leading provider of critical administrative services, helping clients invest and operate safely around the world. More than 10,000 colleagues in 125 offices across 86 jurisdictions provide local expertise. Our locations cover 92% of world GDP and 95% of FDI inflow.

We are a key part of our clients’ governance, providing the accounting, tax, payroll, fund administration and legal entity management services essential to their success. We make sure rules are followed, reputations protected and operational compliance maintained. We work with the majority of the Fortune Global 500, FTSE 100 and top 300 private equity firms.

Learn more about us Learn more about us

Expand your business efficiently across borders

Get in touch to find out how we can help your organisation grow in a complex world.

Contact us Contact us