By Dan Plumley

9th Oct, 2022 | 10:10am

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Dan Plumley has insisted that Leeds United have an “easy out” when it comes to the living wage for subcontracted staff at the club after recent reports.

It was revealed by the BBC that the Whites do pay directly employed staff the real living wage, but could not confirm if that also applied to subcontracted staff too at Elland Road.

The Finance Expert admitted Leeds won’t deal with those staff directly and that covers the financial and legal terms, as they are honest about their pay.

“The basic premise of subcontracting is that somebody else is sorting that out for you,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“That’s the easy out, we don’t directly deal with those staff which is purely financial and legal terms as they’re subcontracted. So, that’s where you have to consider, so the club have been relatively honest in saying that, they can’t confirm that as they don’t deal with them, so there’s an honesty part which is a positive in a way, as they’re not hiding behind it.

“The optics though, people will say can you not grab hold of that and control it a little bit, so you’re always going to get that challenge. So from a legal and financial point, that’s where it sits, Leeds are subcontracting and are not in direct control of those staff.”

Leeds have been honest and spelt out their payment policy.

Their direct staff get the living wage at Elland Road, and the subcontracted staff are dealt with by outside companies so they technically have little link to the club.

With the cost of living rising every single day it seems, this is something that is really coming into the spotlight, especially in the Premier League, so this may be ever-changing as we progress forward.

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