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Top Tips for Surviving Redundancy: We have put together a Quick Top Tips page giving you the basic information for surviving Redundancy

  • If you have a contract with your employer, check it.  As well as your statutory entitlements to notice – pay in lieu of notice – and a redundancy payment
  • An employer must be fair and objective when deciding who should be made redundant. If you feel you have been unfairly selected for Redundancy, you can make a claim to an Employment Tribunal within three months

  • If your employer offers you alternative employment, it should be “suitable” i.e:
    1. Similar Pay
    2. Status
    3. Hours
    4. Location

If you unreasonably turn such an offer down, you could lose your right to a redundancy payment

  • If the terms and conditions vary in the alternative job, you can work for a four week trial period. If you find it unsuitable, you may leave and you could still retain your right to a Redundancy Payment

  • If you are made Redundant because your employer has gone in to insolvency, you may be able to claim your Redundancy payment and certain other payments from the Insolvency Service’s Redundancy Payments Office

  • Once you have received your Redundancy Pay, be very careful about what you spend the money on until you have taken advice on how it may affect your benefits and tax position. You may be treated as still having the money even if you have spent it

  • If you haven’t got another job to go to, you might be entitled to help from the government or local authority in the form of benefits. Depending on your circumstances these could include Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Free School Meals NHS costs

Further Quick Tips to Redundancy:


  • What is redundancy? - Redundancy occurs when an employer needs to reduce their workforce or because the place of work is closing down. It may also be because there is no longer any need for certain skills.

  • Redundancy Pay - Redundancy payment will be received by the employee if they have at least 2 years continuous service with a contract of employment and they have not been dismissed - i.e. not resigned

  • Legal Advice - If the terms of the redundancy are incorrect it is advisable to seek professional advice. Whether this is through a union representative or through a Solicitor, many Solicitors offer a free initial consultation.


  • Assessment - You may need to assess your financial situation. This means calculating monthly outgoings against available funds. Do not ignore your financial position as this can exacerbate your circumstances.

  • Action - If you find that you have a financial shortfall then you may need to seek advice. Speak to your mortgage company/creditors if you feel that you have difficulty meeting the payments. You can in some situations request a holiday period or temporary reduction in monthly payments. Do not try and arrange further credit.

  • Financial Help - Mortgage and credit card companies would much rather discuss your situation in advance before you find yourself defaulting on payments. However, if you do need help, you can visit the Citizen's Advice Bureau who offer a free confidential advice service.


  • Coping Mechanisms - Redundancy can make you feel that it is you who is personally rejected, this is not the case, but you may feel a confusion of emotions such as anger, sadness and hopelessness. These emotions are to be expected and are a natural process of regaining control.

  • Counselling - There are many organisations available to help including the Samaritans and private companies who will guide you through the process of looking at the opportunities available to you.

  • Family - Your family may initially be shaken by your redundancy. However, they can be an excellent source of support with previously unexplored avenues of networking for employment possibilities.

  • Positive Side - Redundancy may not always be a negative experience, many use this time to re-evaluate their lives, to change career, retrain or start a new business venture


  • Job Hunting - This is a good opportunity to look at the options, which are available. The government often offers retraining and assistance for job seekers

  • Interview techniques - Utilising your family you can practice your interview techniques to improve your confidence. There are also many coaching companies around who will help with your ongoing image development.

  • Advice for writing CV's - It is important to have a professional CV which will give you the opportunity to highlight your strengths and skills allowing your future employer to realise your potential through your work history. There are many resources you can utilise such as your local library or the Internet.

If you need legal advice then contact Philip Landau click here to contact him

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