Redundancy: Survival Pack
So, it’s happened. The one situation that every employee in the UK dread: you have been made redundant.
You’re likely to be feeling a lot of emotions at the moment- sadness, anger, hopelessness. However, it’s important that you do not sink into depression. Make sure you know your right and what benefits you’re entitled to and the get ready to kick-start your job hunt.
What is redundancy?
Redundancy is when an employer reduces their workforce because a job or jobs are no longer required. This has been- sadly- common during recession and economic downturn as businesses have had to scale right back.
However, if they then hire someone to replace you after being made redundant, this is illegal and you could file for wrongful or unfair dismissal.
When you’ve been made redundant, it’s important that you don’t feel too embarrassed or ashamed to talk to people close to you. Chances are, other people will have been made redundant too and by networking you may all be able to help each other…
Right, you’ve been made redundant and now you need to crack on and sort out your life admin. Think finances and finding a new job. The sooner you get on top of it all, the sooner you will be back in control of your life.
Redundancy and the law
Redundancy is a very tricky legal situation and it’s important that you fully understand the law and your rights. If your employer hasn’t followed all of the necessary legal processes then you can sue for unfair dismissal…
Have you been paid all that you’re owed? Some people are owed redundancy pay on top of their notice pay… Find out if you’re owed money – and how much!
When a company announces mass redundancies, sometimes you’re given the opportunity to be made redundant voluntarily, which can actually work to your advantage…
We have specific CV templates designed for people who are unemployed – either for a short time or a longer period – and it’s important that you include that you were made redundant if you have a gap. Employers understand that this isn’t a reflection on you and it’s better than leaving them guessing.