Understand the redundancy process, your rights and entitlements

Woman on telephone

Redundancy is a form of dismissal from your job, which happens when employers need to reduce their workforce.

If you're being made redundant, you might be eligible for certain rights, including

  • Redundancy pay
  • A notice period
  • A consultation with your employer
  • The option to move into a different job
  • Time off to find a new job

You'll normally be entitled to statutory redundancy pay if you're an employee and you've been working for your current employer for two years or more.

You must be selected for redundancy in a fair way and can't be selected because of age, gender or if you're disabled or pregnant.

Visit Gov.uk for more advice on your rights if you've been made redundant. You can also call the redundancy payments helpline for advice on 0845 145 0004 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Useful resources

  • For free, confidential and impartial advice on all employment rights issues, you can contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) on 0845 7474 747 from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • Your local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) can also provide free and impartial advice on employment and your rights
  • Contact The Insolvency Service to find out more about the way that statutory redundancy pay is calculated and query any doubts about your own redundancy pay total
  • The Scottish Trades Union Congress offers advice and representation on a range of issues including coping with your redundancy. Phone 0141 337 8100

Plan a career and make the most of your potential Read more

Skills Development Scotland provides a range of careers information, advice and guidance services designed to help you manage your career. Services are provided face-to-face, online or over the phone to suit your needs and how you live, learn and work.

Skills Development Scotland can help you discover your strengths and skills, access a wealth of information on different careers and help you match your skills to areas of opportunity. Explore My World of Work for more information or call Skills Development Scotland on 0800 917 8000 to find your nearest centre.

Tax and Benefits Read more

Look for jobs Read more

Job Search can help you find job vacancies across Scotland.

You can also check out the job hunting section for advice on starting your search, finding hidden jobs, networking and more.

Write CVs, application forms and cover letters, and prepare for interviews Read more

We can help you:

  • Review and create a CV and covering letter
  • Complete or check over an application form
  • Prepare effectively for interviews
  • Develop and use networking skills to identify job vacancies
  • Access computers the internet and printers in our centres

Call 0800 917 8000 to find your nearest centre or check out the Applying for a job section of My World of Work. 

Identify training opportunities and sources of funding Read more

Start up a business Read more

If you’ve been thinking about starting a business, Business Gateway can provide you with information advice and assistance. Its start-up service includes:

  • Information on all aspects of starting a business
  • Business seminars
  • Workshops
  • Hands-on support to develop your business idea
  • Expert business advice

Find more advice, information and links in Go your own way.

Make the most of your money Read more

Get help with reading, writing and numbers Read more

The Big Plus can help. It’s a great way to brush up on your basic skills. It’s free, open to adults of all ages and can help your job chances. You learn at your own pace, at a time and place convenient to you. Phone 0800 917 8000.

Cope with redundancy-related stress Read more

It can be stressful facing redundancy. If you’re finding it difficult to cope, the following services can offer support

What next? 

Find out how PACE can help if you're facing redundancy and visit the redundancy section for more information.