Town confirm use of furlough scheme for off-field staff

Ipswich Town have today confirmed they will be using the government’s emergency salary scheme for the majority of their off-field employees.

As reported last week, Ipswich Town have announced they will be utilising the government’s job retention scheme amid the Coronavirus pandemic, meaning that 80% of employees’ wages up to £2,500 per month will be covered by the government.

All football action has been suspended since Friday, March 13, while Town’s off-field staff have continued to work, most of them from home, they have been paid their full wage as normal for March. On the back of the furlough scheme, Marcus Evans will be ‘topping up’ the wages with the remaining 20% being paid to the staff, meaning no member of staff will be hit financially during this period.

In a statement released via EADT, the club said: “With the uncertainty over when football will return and no real revenue streams without games, the club have followed in line with a lot of other clubs in using the Government’s Job Retention Scheme in relation to a number of off-field staff. 

“The owner (Marcus Evans) has ensured though that all full-time staff will continue to be paid a full salary.”

Earlier today, Sunderland joined the likes of Portsmouth, Coventry and Doncaster in putting all staff on the furlough scheme, something which Town are not currently considering, with continued national meetings this week about a potential 30% wage deferral continuing this week.

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