Leeds United refuse to clarify sub-contractor payment after BBC request
Leeds United have refused to comment on whether they pay their sub-contractors the minimum living wage, according to BBC Sport.
The Whites, along with the rest of the 20 Premier League clubs, did confirm that all directly-employed staff were being adequately paid under requirements laid out by the governing bodies.
But sub-contractors are a different proposition and when asked by the BBC to confirm that the same rules were in place for those, Leeds did not comment.
They weren’t the only ones to do so with Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest in the same boat while Tottenham Hotspur couldn’t confirm that sub-contractors were paid the same amount as other staff.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Southampton all confirmed that they do not currently pay their third-party workers the same rate as directly-employed staff while Bournemouth have not audited theirs.
Not good enough
There must not be any rules that state sub-contractors must be paid the minimum living wage by football clubs but it is totally embarrassing for Leeds United to not do so.
Every club not mentioned above are in the Living Wage Foundation’s accredited businesses or have claimed to pay every employee sufficiently to the BBC.
That is more than half of the Premier League and that should be the biggest clue to the Elland Road club that they are doing something wrong.
The powers that be should be introducing new regulations to ensure that nobody goes without sufficient pay for whatever work they carry out at a football club.
This includes matchday staff who only need to be paid for the hours they are at the ground for home matches rather than an annual wage that would be the case for many staff at Thorp Arch in all departments of the club.