Employee share ownership jumped in 2021 with more than 3.8 billion euros subscribed by employees in shares of their employers, a record, according to a report by the Amundi Observatory published on Wednesday.
Employee share ownership “
resumed its forward march
” in 2021, estimates the leading European asset manager Amundi in an annual report.
After a slowdown in 2020, with 2.4 billion euros subscribed, the year 2021 was the most prolific ever recorded since the start of the surveys in 2013.
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The previous record was 2.9 billion euros, in 2018. “
It is a sign of the confidence of employees in their company
” judge in a press release Catherine Leroy, director of employee savings and retirement at Amundi.
Employee share ownership is seen as a way to develop a sense of belonging to the company and to create a stable shareholder base.
Around 775,000 employees benefited from this scheme last year, for an average amount of 4,622 euros, also a record.
Between 2013 and 2021, average subscriptions increased by 50%.
France champion of Europe
France thus confirms its place as European champion in the field.
French employee shareholders represent more than 42% of employee shareholders in Europe.
To encourage employees to invest their savings in their company, they have recourse in particular to share discounts: more than half of the companies have offered discounts of at least 20% on the price of their shares in 2021.
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They also have recourse to the contribution, a supplement offered for any purchase of shares: on average, it represented 2,851 euros for small or intermediate-sized companies, and nearly 1,800 euros for large ones.
Investment in employee share ownership lasts on average 12 years, including five years of blocking, counted among its clients Amundi, which manages two-thirds of the market in employee share ownership in France.
At the end of 2020, 3.30% of the capital of CAC 40 companies was held by employees, according to the French federation of associations of employee shareholders and former employees.