SRU chief executive Mark Dodson will take a 30 percent salary deferral for the period from 1st April to 1st September, while the executive and non-executive directors of the organisation will take 25 percent deferrals for the same period, as the governing body looks to tighten its belt during the height of the coronavirus crisis.
Meanwhile, Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend, SRU director of rugby Jim Mallinder, Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill and Glasgow head coach Dave Rennie (whose contract runs out in June) will also take 25 percent deferrals.
There is no stated plan at the moment to defer other SRU staff wages, although everything will inevitably be under review given the seriousness of the situation.
It is understood that no timeframe has been put on when the deferrals will be repaid. “These initial steps and other steps will be reviewed ongoing in light of the challenge the sport faces,” said the statement issued by Murrayfield at lunchtime today [Tuesday].
“We are working extremely hard to navigate the sport of rugby in Scotland through these extremely challenging times,” said Colin Grassie, the Chairman of the Scottish Rugby Board. “We would like to thank all our staff, sponsors, stakeholders for their support and collaboration.
“We have a huge challenge ahead of us, but we will get there together and we will leave no stone left unturned to ensure the long term sustainability of Scottish Rugby and the sport in Scotland.”
The English RFU announced last week that their executive team are taking a cut in remuneration – as opposed to a deferral of salaries – in excess of 25% in response to the financial strain caused by a shutdown in all rugby for the foreseeable future. In addition, Board fees will be reduced by 75%.
The WRU have taken a similar approach, with senior staff, including head coach Wayne Pivac and CEO Martyn Phillips, taking 25% reductions to salary, and further staff taking pay cuts of either 25% or 10% with the difference broadly accounted for by the extent to which roles are directly related to professional rugby.
Meanwhile, the IRFU have introduced a payment deferral model for all employees “based on an equitable sliding scale which ranges from 10% to 50%, effective from April, and beyond if required”.
The SRU statement added that various business scenarios are being considered in respect of resumption of professional and international rugby, and detailed financial modelling activities are ongoing against each scenario, acknowledging that “the evolving crisis gripping the country will have significant challenges for the game at all levels in Scotland for some time to come”.
“We are currently closely analysing the Government support options being offered to organisations so that we will continue to feed this into informing our actions,” said the statement. “Once the Board has further considered the relevant information and its potential impacts it will share a further update with our staff and stakeholders.”
The statement also confirmed that BT Murrayfield has been offered to the Scottish Government to utilise the facilities in any way the country needs.
Further status updates from Scottish Rugby include –
- Scottish Rugby’s “Threat Management Group” continues to meet via video conferencing each day to discuss key operational topics in light of COVID-19 including updates on health, our people, finance, professional and domestic rugby competitions, rugby development, stadium and facilities amongst other critical matters.
- All work on Project Eden, the new stadium for Edinburgh Rugby development on the BT Murrayfield back pitches, has been suspended until further notice in line with public health guidelines
- Scottish Rugby continues to work closely with World Rugby and its fellow Unions in relation to the international calendar moving forward and has no update on the planned 2020 Summer Tour at this time.
- All non-critical capital expenditure on BT Murrayfield stadium and wider projects placed on hold until further notice.