In Nov 2018, we heard the sad news that Michelin was closing its tyre factory in Dundee leaving 845 workers jobless. A story which also hit a nerve in my home town on the Isle of Wight where we’ve been victim to major mass redundancies over the years. Redundancy is a brutal life event up there with bereavement and divorce in terms of stress and emotional pressure.
With redundancy everything takes a hit, self-esteem, finances, family and mental health, nothing escapes the cloud that descends when you are ‘let go’ from your job. It can be difficult to see a way forward but there is light at the end of the tunnel. If like those workers in Dundee you are currently facing the loss of your job, there are steps you can take to lessen the impact.
Know your rights. There are strict guidelines around staff redundancies. Employers must follow the rules and if they don’t, you may be entitled to an appeal or even a legal case against your employer. You can get free advice on your rights via your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Job Centre Plus.
If you’ve been employed with a company for 2 years or more, you should be entitled to statutory redundancy pay (calculated for each year in service). This provides a substantial buffer in some cases, but if not, how can you financially prepare with redundancy on the horizon?
Martin Lewis from www.moneysavingexpert.com suggests the following precautions
If the worst has happened and you’ve already been made redundant money expert Martin Lewis has sound advice for you too.
When speaking with people who have faced redundancy in the past, the majority will tell you that it was one of the worst experiences of their life, and one of the best things that ever happened to them. Quite the oxymoron, but it is true. Losing your job can be a catalyst for large scale change, new job, new home, new life, and although not everyone feels ready, those changes CAN be incredibly positive.
Remember, you are not alone, there is a lot of guidance for people going through redundancy. If you accept support, the process will be gentler and you can move through to a better brighter future.
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For more advice on redundancy visit https://www.gov.uk/redundant-your-rights
Founder of Sunshine Recruitment Solutions, Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals