Healthcare charity Nuffield Health has introduced a 10% pay cut and a 20% reduction in hours for its employees, to deal with the financial constraints of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
All employees will be affected by the new pay policy, effective 1 July 2020, except those working at the majority of Nuffield Health’s hospitals.
The organisation has taken the measures to avoid redundancies across the business after it was forced to close its fitness and wellbeing centres under the government’s Coronavirus guidelines in March 2020.
Nuffield Health will be reviewing its decision on an ongoing basis.
A spokesperson at Nuffield Health, said: “Nuffield Health, like many organisations, has been significantly impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic with our fitness and wellbeing centres closed and hospitals working to support the NHS. To protect our people’s jobs and the financial sustainability of the charity, we have taken the decision to try to avoid redundancies and take a more equitable approach by reducing working hours by 20%, alongside a 10% reduction in salary.
“The majority of our hospitals are working at full capacity to support the NHS and will be exempt from this change. We will continue to review in line with demand as our hospitals continue to fully support the NHS, as well as self-pay and insured patients.
“The challenges we are facing are short-term until our full organisation reopens following the pandemic. With health and wellbeing at the top of everyone’s agenda, we believe we have an important role to play in supporting the recovery of the nation.”