Thomsons Online Benefits

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Thomsons Online Benefits
Private Company
Industry Software
Founded 2000
Headquarters London, England, UK
Key people

Stephen Read, CEO [1]

Chris Bruce, Managing Director [2]
Products DarwinTM [3]

Thomsons Online Benefits is a global benefits management and employee engagement software company that also provides consultancy services related to reward, workplace pensions and employee benefit programmes. With offices in London, Singapore and Cluj, Romania, the firm employs over 500 staff. [4]

Employee engagement

Employee Engagement is a fundamental concept in the effort to understand and describe, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the nature of the relationship between an organization and its employees. An "engaged employee" is defined as one who is fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about their work and so takes positive action to further the organization's reputation and interests. An engaged employee has a positive attitude towards the organization and its values. In contrast, a disengaged employee may range from someone doing the bare minimum at work, up to an employee who is actively damaging the company's work output and reputation.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

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Thomsons Online Benefits was founded in 2000 and was subject to a venture capital backed management buyout in 2004 funded by Pi Capital. Thomsons ranked 4th in the Sunday Times BDO Track 100 for 2014 (5th in 2014). [5] It was ranked 86th in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 listing for 2011 (81st 2010, 72nd 2009, 44th 2008, 54th 2007, 32nd 2006), a sister listing to the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 for Britain's fastest growing unquoted technology companies, [6] and obtained a listing in the EMEA Deloitte Fast 500 in 2007 [7] and 2009. [8] In 2013, the firm was ranked 112th in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table. [9]

David Anthony Giampaolo is the chief executive of Pi Capital, a London-based investor club. He is also a noted entrepreneur in the global health and fitness sector. He has been described as “…London’s most networked man” by The Times and other newspapers. He has co-founded or served on the board of several large businesses, including Fitness First, 24 Hour Fitness, Zumba and GlobalFit. He is a trustee of Speakers4Schools and a board member of UK technology firm Smartmatic.

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The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 is one of seven lists of top performing British companies in a variety of categories. Published each September by British newspaper The Sunday Times in their business section, the lists are compiled by Fast Track, a British research company. For the Tech Track, the top 100 private technology, digital media and telecoms (TMT) companies are ranked based on their average sales growth over the previous three years leading up to the award year.

In January 2013 the US private equity firm ABRY Partners took a majority stake in the company, valuing the company at "close to £100m". [10]

ABRY Partners

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In December 2017, Mercer acquired Thomsons Online Benefits, which now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary. [11]


Thomsons Online Benefits provides on-demand employee benefits management software for its clients, who collectively have over 1,000,000 employees, from companies including Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Debenhams, City and Guilds and NCR Corporation. [12] Their main software Darwin is deployed in 30 languages and in over 90 countries worldwide.

Employee benefits non-wage compensation provided to employees in addition to normal wages or salaries

Employee benefits and benefits in kind include various types of non-wage compensation provided to employees in addition to their normal wages or salaries. Instances where an employee exchanges (cash) wages for some other form of benefit is generally referred to as a "salary packaging" or "salary exchange" arrangement. In most countries, most kinds of employee benefits are taxable to at least some degree. Examples of these benefits include: housing furnished or not, with or without free utilities; group insurance ; disability income protection; retirement benefits; daycare; tuition reimbursement; sick leave; vacation ; social security; profit sharing; employer student loan contributions; conveyancing; domestic help (servants); and other specialized benefits.

Microsoft U.S.-headquartered technology company

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Samsung South Korean multinational conglomerate

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