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Salary sacrifice

What is salary sacrifice?

Under a salary sacrifice arrangement, an employee gives up some of their cash earnings in return for new or increased entitlements to non-cash benefits provided by their employer. Apart from pension contributions, non-cash benefits include childcare vouchers, cycle schemes, travel, subsistence allowances and others.

To find out more about salary sacrifice in Opera 3

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Key benefits of salary sacrifice in Opera 3 Payroll

  • It’s included as standard with Opera 3 Payroll
  • It’s very quick and simple to set up
  • Salary sacrifice can be used for both pension and non-pension sacrifices
  • A pension salary sacrifice can be based either on a defined value or on a percentage
  • Salary sacrifice information is printed on the payslip
  • Sacrificed values are included in pension contribution reports and pension contribution files
  • Pension salary sacrifice values are shown on the Employee History form
  • The employer’s NI saving can be added to the pension contribution


See what our customers are saying

Celtic Manor

"The salary sacrifice capabilities in Opera 3 Payroll & HR also mean that instead of manually entering data into a spreadsheet every month, the process is completely automated and calculates everything for us, saving even more time. It truly is a win-win – my only regret is that we didn’t deploy the solution sooner!"

Jakki Hill, Payroll Manager, Houlder