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25.09.2020 - Reading time: 2 min

What are the effects of bicycle leasing on your pension and other social benefits?

Does your employer provide the option of leasing a bicycle via gross salary exchange or end-of-year bonus? Then you might be wondering what impact bicycle leasing has on your pension and social benefits, such as your 13th month, holiday pay or unemployment benefit. In this blog post, we have laid out everything you need to know in one tidy summary. Rest assured: the impact of bicycle leasing on your pension is quite minimal and does not outweigh any tax benefits.

The impact on your pension

Your pension is calculated based on your gross earnings at the end of your career. When leasing a bicycle through your employer via a monthly gross salary exchange, it stands to reason that your gross salary might be a bit lower.

The figure below presents a simulation* of the impact of leasing a bicycle on a gross salary of €2,700. For an e-bike with a list price of €3,000, your gross lease contribution will be around €90 per month, which will slightly reduce your gross salary. Net, this comes to about €44. During your lease period (3 to 4-year contract), your pension contributions will therefore be calculated based on this lower gross salary.

* These amounts are simulations, real figures would depend on level of salary, lease contract and lease contribution from your employer. Services and insurances are included in the total amount. 

But worry not, over the span of most of your career, leasing a bicycle will actually have very little impact on your eventual pension. For employees with higher salaries, in fact, their calculated pensions are actually capped. In such instances, bicycle leasing has no real effect. 

Conclusion? The impact of leasing a bicycle via gross salary exchange on pensions is very much negligible. This is particularly true when you consider the net savings you make compared to buying privately. Because, at the end of the day, leasing a bicycle will cost you a lot less.

The impact on holiday pay and end-of-year bonus

When it comes to the impact on your holiday pay and end-of-year bonus, there are two possible scenarios:

  • If you pay for your lease bicycle via monthly or hourly contribution, your holiday pay and end-of-year bonus will also be reduced accordingly. However, with the added fiscal benefit, you don’t end up making a loss as an employee.
  • If you pay for your lease bicycle via your end-of-year bonus, your holiday pay will remain unchanged.

The impact on social benefits

  • If you pay for your lease bicycle via monthly contributions, social benefits such as sick pay, maternity leave, unemployment benefit or workplace accident cover, will be calculated at your new, reduced gross salary.
  • If you pay for your lease bicycle via your end-of-year bonus, your social benefits will remain unchanged.


Leasing a bicycle reduces your gross salary at the end of each month. Theoretically, therefore, you will indeed end up with a lower pension, less unemployment benefit, etc. However, thanks to the gross/net ratio, any impact based off of this is negligible

On top of that, with bicycle leasing, you are making a sound decision due to the fiscal benefits and extra services often included within your leasing package. Add to that the positive impact of your daily commutes on your mental and physical health, the time saved and the sense of freedom you experience using your lease bicycle. Simply put, bicycle leasing is by far and away the best choice!  

Not sure about your own personal situation? Then be sure to check in with your company’s HR department, who will be able to steer you in the right direction.

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