Sheffield United To Furlough Some Employees And Not Staff
Sheffield United did affirm they will furlough “some employees” but all staff will “continue to be paid in full”.
Employees who are unable to perform their regular duties due to the shutdown of football are the ones affected, but the Blades are not currently using the government’s job retention scheme.
A club statement read: “Sheffield United Football Club has informed its staff of the decision to furlough some employees who are unable to perform their regular day-to-day duties at this time.”These are predominantly casual employees but include a small number of permanent staff.
“The club confirms that permanent and casual staff will continue to be paid in full, despite the challenges of dealing with the impact of Covid-19.”
The statement added: “Those furloughed have been given the green light to sign up for the NHS volunteering scheme or similar initiatives in lieu of regular employment at Bramall Lane or other club sites.
“Senior officials at the club are aware of the Government’s Job Retention Scheme. At a later date, after the full financial impact of the situation can be more accurately quantified, the club will assess whether or not to participate in the JRS.
“All at Sheffield United Football Club would also like to pass on the best wishes to everyone, locally, nationally and internationally, affected by the current pandemic.”
The idea of using the government’s retention scheme did receive diversity among Premier league teams.Manchester United, Southampton ,Manchester city and burnley decided to opt out from using the scheme while Tottenham,Newcastle ,Norwich and Bournemouth did decide to furlough non-playing Staff.
Liverpool Football club reversed their decision after initially placing non-playing staff on furlough but backlash from supporters and former player Jamie Carragher did make the club to have a rethink on their decision,which they did with an official apology statement .