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Coronavirus / Quarter of eligible workers furloughed in isles by end of June

A TOTAL of 3,100 people in Shetland had been furloughed by end of June, new figures show.

That represents an increase of around 400 from the period up to the end of May.

Figures show that 12,300 people in Shetland are eligible for the scheme, meaning that one in four employees have been furloughed.

By the end of June 600 claims were made to the self-employment income support scheme in Shetland, totalling £2.1 million in value.

The average value of the each Shetland in claim has been £3,500.

A total of 900 people are eligible in Shetland for the self-employed support, according to the UK government, equating to a take-up rate of 68 per cent.