Like many other businesses throughout the UK – including football clubs – Portsmouth FC have been exploring the government’s Job Retention Scheme and how it applies specifically to us.
Over the past few weeks, there has been extensive consultation and discussions between clubs, the government, the PFA and the EFL to check the validity of the scheme as it relates to the business of football. Naturally, we have listened to this advice and how it affects Pompey.
From the start of the coronavirus crisis, we have sought to assure staff and players of our intention to pay every contracted employee 100 per cent of their salary. This continues to be the case.
Since the outbreak of the virus – and subsequent suspension of football games and training – the majority of staff have worked from home, with many now having little or no work to do.
Therefore, given the government’s welcome news on assistance for businesses, and after ongoing consultation with the relevant governing bodies and employees, we have chosen to utilise the scheme and look to ‘furlough’ staff and players after discussions with them, and on a case-by-case basis.
"We have sought to assure staff and players of our intention to pay every contracted employee 100 per cent of their salary."
For those who are unaware of the Job Retention Scheme, it allows businesses – whether they are banks, stockbrokers, airline companies, football clubs, etc – to claim 80 per cent of an employee’s wages, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month.
However, I would like to reiterate that all wages will continue to be paid in full by the club to our contracted employees, irrespective of what we are able or unable to claim via the scheme or how long the government keeps it open.
As per our previous statements, we will continue to keep supporters updated as much as possible, and at the appropriate time, in what is an ever changing landscape.
Once again, I would also urge everyone to continue following the government regulations in terms of social distancing and, if necessary, self-isolating.
Stay indoors, stay safe, protect the NHS and save lives.
As always, PUP!