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British Cycling furloughs 90 staff members

CEO and management team take 10% pay cut during coronavirus pandemic

Joe Robinson
8 Apr 2020

British Cycling is set to furlough around one-third of its workforce due to a 'significant drop of income' amid the coronavirus pandemic. The national body will place 90 of its staff base on the government job retention scheme for the month of April, with some continuing into May. CEO Julie Harrington will also take a 10% pay cut alongside members of the leadership team.

This decision came after Harrington announced British Cycling is 'planning for a significant drop in income of around £4 million' following the postponement and cancellation of events throughout 2020.

In a statement, Harrington said British Cycling is 'taking steps to protect the federation, as well as the jobs of our employees, by using some of the measures announced by the Government in recent weeks, including the furloughing of some of our staff through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.'

Harrington continued to call the decision 'tough' and said she 'knows that it may mean difficulties for some employees who are being furloughed so we have put in place measures to support them, including offering financial advice and access to learning and development tools.'

The furlough system introduced by the Government during the coronavirus pandemic allows businesses to temporarily lay-off staff members until normal trading resumes.

In the meantime, the Government will pay furloughed staff 80% of their monthly earnings, up to £2,500 per month. The employer then has the option to top up their staff members' salaries, although British Cycling did not confirm if it will do so.

Harrington stated that the forecast of a significant drop in income comes due to British Cycling relying heavily on money made by its events, many of which take place during spring and summer and have already been cancelled.

Cycling has been affected greatly during the coronavirus pandemic, especially in the professional side of the sport.

WorldTour race teams Lotto Soudal and Astana have already temporarily laid off non-riding staff due to the lack of income from postponed races, as has ProTeam Circus Wanty Gobert.

Meanwhile, other parts of the cycling market have experienced uplift since the partial lockdown implemented in the UK in March.

Brompton CEO Will Butler-Adams claimed there had been a 15% increase in bike sales while turbo trainers have practically sold out across the whole of Europe.