Coronavirus: Dnata to furlough third of UK workforce

Dnata Travel Group is to furlough a third of its UK staff from the beginning of April.

The company said it had taken up the government’s Job Retention Scheme, which offers to pay 80% of staff wages, to safeguard jobs for the future.

The Gold Medal and Travel2 parent said staff who are needed to continue key operational functions to support agents and customers are exempt, but would be taking a temporary pay cut of between 20% and 30%.

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A previously announced measure requiring all staff to take 10 days unpaid leave has been revoked. However, other steps introduced to reduce costs, including a freeze on recruitment  and non-critical overtime, remain in force.

The Travel2 and Gold Medal parent employs 1,500 staff across all of its businesses, which also include Travel Republic, Travelbag and Netflights.

A spokesman for the group said: “While we’re confident we have taken all of the necessary available steps at this time to protect our brands and our people, we will continue to monitor the situation and keep further options open.

“We want to thank our staff and industry partners for their incredible professionalism and commitment during these difficult times, we are proud to be part of a sector which we know will return stronger when this period is over.”

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