Redundancy is a form of dismissal. It’s where you are dismissed because the work you do is no longer needed.
There are a number of reasons why you might be made redundant:
- You could be made redundant because your employer’s business, or part of your employer’s business, has gone bust, insolvent or is failing
- Your employer is moving into a new line of business which no longer needs your skills
- New technology is being introduced which means your skills are no longer needed
- The company is being reorganised and so someone else is doing your job
- Your employer’s business is moving to a different area or is being taken over.
You are technically not being made redundant if you resign from your job. However, if you take voluntary redundancy then this does count and you are still entitled to redundancy pay.
Your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau, www.adviceguide.org.uk will be able to offer free advice with any legal problems you may have regarding redundancy. If you are concerned that you might be made redundant or you have received a redundancy notice and are living in the East of England (Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire) then you may be eligible to receive support. Our Skills Support for Redundancy programme provides advice and support to help you with getting back into work. We also run enterprise courses in Business Start-Up so that you have the option to start your own business. Contact our Skills Support for Redundancy advisers using the contact box below.