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Press Information: The information displayed on this page has been collated for journalists who require basic information on redundancy - "Top Ten Tips to Surviving Redundancy". We have also included our growing list of media who have used Redundancy Help. Please mention Redundancy Help if you use any of the information about our site.

We have broken the information down in to sections for quick access. Please feel free to contact us should you require any further information.


Redundancy

  • What is redundancy? - Redundancy occurs when an employer needs to reduce their workforce or because the place of work is closing down. It may also be because there is no longer any need for certain skills.

  • Redundancy Pay - Redundancy payment will be received by the employee if they have at least 2 years continuous service with a contract of employment and they have not been dismissed - i.e. not resigned

  • Legal Advice - If the terms of the redundancy are incorrect it is advisable to seek professional advice. Whether this is through a union representative or through a Solicitor, many Solicitors offer a free initial consultation.


Financial

  • Assessment - You may need to assess your financial situation. This means calculating monthly outgoings against available funds. Do not ignore your financial position as this can exacerbate your circumstances.

  • Action - If you find that you have a financial shortfall then you may need to seek advice. Speak to your mortgage company/creditors if you feel that you have difficulty meeting the payments. You can in some situations request a holiday period or temporary reduction in monthly payments. Do not try and arrange further credit.
  • Financial Help - Mortgage and credit card companies would much rather discuss your situation in advance before you find yourself defaulting on payments. However, if you do need help, you can visit the Citizen's Advice Bureau who offer a free confidential advice service.

Emotional

  • Coping Mechanisms - Redundancy can make you feel that it is you who is personally rejected, this is not the case, but you may feel a confusion of emotions such as anger, sadness and hopelessness. These emotions are to be expected and are a natural process of regaining control.

  • Counselling - There are many organisations available to help including the Samaritans and private companies who will guide you through the process of looking at the opportunities available to you.

  • Family - Your family may initially be shaken by your redundancy. However, they can be an excellent source of support with previously unexplored avenues of networking for employment possibilities.

  • Positive Side - Redundancy may not always be a negative experience, many use this time to re-evaluate their lives, to change career, retrain or start a new business venture


Future

  • Job Hunting - This is a good opportunity to look at the options, which are available. The government often offers retraining and assistance for job seekers

  • Interview techniques - Utilising your family you can practice your interview techniques to improve your confidence. There are also many coaching companies around who will help with your ongoing image development.

  • Advice for writing CV's - It is important to have a professional CV which will give you the opportunity to highlight your strengths and skills allowing your future employer to realise your potential through your work history. There are many resources you can utilise such as your local library or the Internet.

Media who have used Redundancy Help:

  • Steve Wright's Radio 2 Web Site of the day
  • BBC Pure soap
  • BBC Radio Derby
  • BBC Radio Leeds
  • Daily Mail on Sunday
  • Channel 4 Television
  • Prima Magazine
  • PathFinder Magazine

What People Say About Us:

Mr Breakwell says "
A note to let you know that I will be starting a new job. Thank you for your help and support. Your website is excellent and a great confidence booster.

Steve Wright's Radio 2 Web site of the Day:
"An excellent resource offering extensive help, advice, tips and contacts for people who are affected by redundancy. Sections include legal advice, dealing with debt, CV tips and where to go for professional help" Web site of the day

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