KOTA KINABALU: University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) is taking measures to cut costs, including pay cuts and reduced work hours for its staff as it reels from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
UCSF vice-chancellor Dr Mohamed Haleem Mohamed Razi said that the temporary austerity measures would involve a 50% pay cut for four months (from June to September 2020) and total work hours would be reduced to three days a week.
“During the period when this scheme is being implemented, an employee is free to seek work elsewhere outside his or her designated work days, ” he said in a statement Saturday (June 27).
He said that it was not a retrenchment scheme but a scheme to maintain the organisation and retain its employees.
Halem said it was going to be challenging for the next few months and they will remain patient in weathering the temporary hardship.
“The temporary austerity measures will be lifted as soon as possible with a swift economic recovery.
“UCSF is making every effort to make its financial standing better to, among others, ensure the September student intake is successful, ” he said.
Haleem said that UCSF had only managed to achieve 18% of its April 2020 semester recruitment due to lack of demand as a result of market sentiments caused by the pandemic that has not spared the university.
Apart from the pay cuts and work hour cuts, the university had also suspended some programmes including the university’s international programmes.
He noted that similar situations were faced by other private higher learning institutions in Sabah.
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