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Your employer has told you that you are being made redundant. Have you been told why you are redundant? Has your place of work closed? Has the way your work is managed changed, so that the job you’ve been doing either no longer exists or is part of someone else’s job now? Or your work place has been taken over by another company?
Whatever reason you’ve been given, you need to know if it is fair or not. Are the selection criteria fair? Are 20 or more employees being made redundant? Is there any discrimination in the choice of who is being made redundant? You can check this out by going to the Citizens Advice article on redundancy.
In some circumstances you may be offered an alternative job – but you do not always have to accept it. It will depend how the terms and conditions compare with your original job. Turning down a suitable job, without good reason, may result in losing the right to redundancy. You may be able have a trial period of up to 4 weeks in an alternative job before deciding if you want to take it, and this will not affect your redundancy rights. You can check to see if it is fair here.
Are you entitled to statutory redundancy pay? If you have worked for your employer for at least 2 whole years (starting from your actual starting date) then you are. Some fixed term employees may also qualify. The amount you receive depends on both your length of service and your age. The maximum statutory weekly amount is currently £508. The maximum years of service you can get is for 20. The statutory maximum you can receive in total is £15,240. There is an online calculator at Gov.UK.
You may be entitled to contractual redundancy pay, which can be more than the statutory amount (but never less).
As well as notice of redundancy, you are entitled to a notice period. This is one week for every year you’ve worked for the company, up to a maximum of 12 weeks (your contract may give you greater rights). Your employer may decide to give you pay in lieu of notice (ie you don’t work out the notice period). You also have the right to take off time during the notice, but your employer only has to pay you for 40% of this time. For full information about redundancy see the Gov.UK website.
Citizen Advice also have very good information and cover other reasons for leaving a job.
For further help, on this or any other topic, visit or phone your local Citizens Advice.