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Jun 10, 2020

Salary Cuts at National Sports Council

Ian Jones

Salary cuts have been an ongoing exercise across most companies and quasi-government agencies.  Earlier this week, the National Sports Council informed its employees that their monthly grant from the Ministry of Sports had been reduced by forty percent.  Of an estimated one hundred and ninety thousand dollars that is earmarked for salaries and other expenses for NSC monthly, the cut has reduced the quantum well below its wage bill.  Director Ian Jones explains.

 

Ian Jones, Director, National Sports Council

“It has been very difficult.  I think one of the things that has been saving us is because over the past two years we had already developed a lot of measures to make the council operate more efficiently, operate basically better with less. So now, when you actually have less, it‘s just a matter of us re-adapting things that we had already put in place, however, I must admit that we will be, we have asked some of our staff to volunteer to forgo a portion of their salary because in most instances all the stadiums are closed and we don‘t necessarily have staff working.  For the past three months we‘ve paid staff in full, but in order to continue to stay afloat we won‘t be able to do that.  Myself, as director, also took a salary cut of twenty percent, along with forgoing a portion of my gratuity at the end of my contract.  I mean I had to lead by example, I could not ask my staff to forgo a portion of their salaries if I would not be willing to do the same.”


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