Bristol Rovers F.C can today confirm that, like most, if not all League One and Two Clubs, it has placed players and all staff that are unable to work on furlough, in order to be eligible for the government job retention scheme.
The move has been made in response to the suspension of EFL fixtures due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The reduction in payroll costs facilitated by the Government grant helps to maintain jobs and contributes to the long-term financial stability of the football club.
Whilst staff are on furlough the Club will be topping up their wages to ensure they receive their usual basic net pay.
There have been discussions between the EFL and PFA regarding a potential 25% deferral of player’s wages. The Club has decided it will not be asking the players to defer any of their basic pay for the time being. This will need to be kept under review like many other issues given the uncertainty and changing circumstances that exist at this difficult time.