The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has refused a request by former and current RICS employees to launch an investigation into the furloughing of its staff.

RICS HQ London

RICS HQ, London

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According to reports first published in Building, a group of 40 former and current employees demanded a probe with the same weight as the Levitt report.

A spokesperson for the group alleged that RICS chose staff to be furloughed because RICS considered them too supportive of the institution’s membership over the interests of the RICS senior team, the trade title reported.

Nick Maclean, interim chair of RICS Governing Council, told Property Week: “Given the findings contained in the Levitt report, it will be easy to presume that all aspects of the processes RICS has gone through historically were flawed. In discussion of these matters with members of RICS staff, who are completely untainted by the review, I believe however that the difficult decisions taken by RICS, in response to the pandemic, were undertaken properly and without prejudice.”