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Up to 40,000 NI furloughed staff face losing jobs: economist warns

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Gareth Hetherington

Gareth Hetherington

Gareth Hetherington

Up to 40,000 furloughed workers here could face unemployment when the Government's job retention scheme expires, it's been claimed.

Around 211,700 people are enrolled on the emergency scheme, which enables companies to keep their workers on the payroll despite a catastrophic drop in business due to Covid-19.

But with the job retention scheme expiring in October, it's expected that large numbers of workers will eventually be made redundant as employers' workload will not be the same as t was pre-Covid-19.