Manchester United rule out furloughing any non-playing staff during coronavirus crisis

James Ducker
Old Trafford in 2020 - PA

Manchester United have confirmed they will not be furloughing any of their non-playing staff during the coronavirus crisis.

An email was sent to all employees by Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, on Monday reassuring them that they do not intend to make use of the government’s job retention scheme. The move has been warmly welcomed.

According to United’s accounts for 2018/19, the club employ 940 people, of which 673 are non-playing staff.

United have “strongly encouraged” employees who are unable to work from home or currently have a reduced workload to volunteer time to the NHS or their local communities.

The club have also taken the decision to extend “goodwill payments” to around 900 non-matchday casual workers until June 1, when the current furlough scheme runs to, covering their average weekly wage based on hours worked between December and February.

In addition, over 3,000 matchday casual workers will also receive goodwill payments for the club’s remaining Premier League matches this season and are looking into ways they can offer further support to this group.

Furthermore, staff have also been reassured they will be given flexibility to fit work around any care responsibilities they have for children, family and friends during the lockdown and will continue to receive full pay.