OWING to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, QPR have placed a number of staff on furlough leave in order to protect jobs in the long term, while those not furloughed have also agreed to their wages being reduced.
Additionally, every member of non-playing staff at QPR – including the first-team manager and coaches - has taken a voluntary pay cut to help the club deal with the current economic challenges.
Furloughed staff will continue to be employed by the club but will not work for a period of at least two months, starting from today (1st April 2020).
This will be reviewed towards the end of May when further decisions will be made based upon the latest information available from the government.
CEO Lee Hoos told www.qpr.co.uk: “This is not a decision taken lightly but is done so with the best interests of our club and its fantastic staff at heart.
“With the current suspension of all professional football matches until at least 30th April - and it is fair to assume this will be extended - the club is having to respond to the economic pressures it faces.
“There are a large number of staff who are unable to carry out their roles so we have taken the decision to utilise the government’s newly-announced wage support system.
“As a club, we will be topping this figure up to minimise the impact on our staff’s financial well-being, while also reducing the possible need for redundancies when we come through this period of uncertainty.
“All our staff, whether furloughed or not, understand the reasoning behind this decision and have been incredibly supportive of the club at this time. This is not just a prudent business decision, this has been an incredible demonstration of solidarity amongst all staff. Everyone has given up something to help all of us get through this.”
Speaking on behalf of the players, captain Grant Hall said: “I have been at QPR for nearly five years so I know just how special the people are that work at the club.
“The situation we find ourselves in is unique but, as players, we recognise we have an important role to play in assisting QPR through this challenging period.
“We are working with the club, and talks are ongoing between the league and the PFA.”
Hoos added: “It is at moments like these that you realise what passionate and committed staff we have at QPR, and I am sure supporters will be as proud of the people working here as I am.
“I would like to end by publicly thanking all the QPR staff for their understanding at this challenging time.”