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Sheffield United say furloughed staff will be paid in full

Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

15:10 12 Apr 2020

Sheffield United have furloughed some permanent and casual staff but the Premier League club has confirmed that they will all be paid in full.

The Yorkshire based outfit have announced that the affected employees are those who are unable to perform their regular duties owing to the current Premier League shutdown.

United have also said that they are currently not using the UK government's job retention scheme.

"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," reads the official statement from the club.

"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."

Sheffield United were enjoying an impressive return to the top-flight of English football and had climbed to fifth position in the table before the coronavirus outbreak forced a halt to the action.

They have not ruled out using the job retention scheme in the future.

"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," the statement reads.

"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 topic of Premier League clubs using the government job retention scheme has become a controversial one in recent weeks.

Tottenham, Newcastle United, Norwich City and Bournemouth have all furloughed non-playing staff while Liverpool performed a u-turn on their decision to do so following a backlash from Reds' supporters and ex-players.

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