Tiered pay deferral scheme implemented for April
The staff were told on Tuesday morning that the deferrals will be on an equitable sliding scale and will range between 10 per cent and 50 per cent for anyone earning above €25,000, with senior staff impacted by the biggest deferrals.
The pay deferrals will be monitored on an ongoing basis with a review planned at the end of April as the Association comes to terms with the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The FAI intends to restore full pay and refund all deferrals as soon as the national economic situation improves.
Interim FAI C.E.O. Gary Owens said: “Like the rest of the country, the FAI is now feeling the full financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our projected income streams in these exceptional circumstances.
“The financial challenges faced by the Association are such now that we have been left with no choice but to implement these pay deferrals on an equitable basis. Those who are paid the most by the FAI will take the largest deferrals.
“This difficult decision has been taken to protect the viability of the Association and the future for our staff. Like other national governing bodies who have taken such measures, we will explore all avenues to help us through this crisis.
“We thank our employees for their understanding at this difficult time for everybody in Ireland. Their commitment to our game and the Association has been limitless over a very difficult 12 months and I know they will continue to deliver for Irish football in the wake of these latest challenges.”