Liverpool Football Club have placed some of their non-playing employees on the government furlough scheme and will be topping up the wages by 20% in order to keep full pay flowing.
Amid the current events that have forced almost the entire UK into a standstill, most companies have placed their employees on a furloughed programme in which the government pays 80% of wages in order to keep income steady. The Premier League have now been forced to put some of their non-playing staff on temporary leave, with Liverpool becoming the latest team to do so (via BBC Sport).
Liverpool have announced that they will be using this government scheme to fund employees without work and then use the club’s own money to top up the remaining 20%. The Reds join Newcastle, Tottenham, Bournemouth and Norwich who have already furloughed staff.
James Pearce has provided insight into the update, stating that the club can claim up to £2,500 worth of wages per person, per month via the government. Liverpool will then add the remaining amount in order to avoid their staff hitting a dip financially.
The Premier League leaders have also recently announced that they will be asking players to take a 30% wage cut in order to protect jobs in other areas of the club.
Despite figuring out a way to pay suspended colleagues 100% of their wage, one worker has slammed the club for this latest decision. “Why is a club that turns over [millions of pounds] using a government scheme for its staff when other businesses are more in need of it?” said the unnamed LFC staff member.
“I feel disappointed and I’m feeling that this government scheme could be used by businesses in trouble.”
In his latest tweet, Pearce has said that what Liverpool are doing is ‘wrong’.
It’s certainly not a positive. It’s wrong
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) April 4, 2020
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