Macmillan Cancer Support has furloughed about 600 staff as its attempts to deal with an estimated 50 per cent fall in income because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The charity, which employs about 2,000 people, said the outbreak meant some staff had been unable to do their jobs while others had seen a significant fall in their workloads.
Macmillan said furloughed staff were working in areas including events, recruitment, facilities and staff that would usually interact with NHS teams.
The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme enables employers to temporarily stand down employees who would otherwise be let go but pay them 80 per cent of their wages up to £2,500 a month.
The move to furlough staff comes as Macmillan begins an emergency fundraising appeal as demand for its services increases dramatically.
It also faces an estimated 50 per cent drop in income because of factors including cancelled fundraising events.
Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said the effects of the virus were “profound and far reaching” for the charity.
“One consequence is that some members of staff are unable to carry out their jobs and many have experienced a significant decrease in their workloads,” she said.
“In consultation with our staff, we have decided to furlough about 30 per cent of, around 600 people, in order to make the most of the government’s job-retention scheme.
“Our people are at the heart of everything we do, and we are confident that we are taking the right steps to protect and support both our staff and our supporters through this period.”