Redundancy: the facts you need to know
Finding out about your rights is essential when you’re faced with the daunting prospect of unemployment
Clare Dight and Emily Ford
What is redundancy? Redundancy is a form of dismissal. People are usually made redundant because their employer needs to reduce the workforce or because the job they do is no longer necessary. Redundancies often happen because an organisation is cutting costs and needs to reduce staff numbers, or because new systems or technology have made a job unnecessary. It could be because your job no longer exists or because the business is closing down or moving.
Usually, in order for a dismissal to be redundancy, your job role needs to have disappeared. It is not redundancy if your employer takes on a direct replacement immediately. All workers are protected from being sacked or chosen for redundancy unfairly by the Employment Rights Act 1996.