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Majority of the 200,000 now on furlough in Northern Ireland will return to a job, insists economy minister Dodds

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds at Stormont

Economy Minister Diane Dodds at Stormont

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Economy Minister Diane Dodds at Stormont

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has predicted that the majority of around 200,000 people here on the UK's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will ultimately return to work.

The minister said an estimated 200,000 local workers were on the JRS, also known as furlough, though no definite figures are available from HMRC, which runs the scheme.

It enables people to stay in employment even though there is no work for them to do, with the Government paying 80% of their wages.