Redundancy help in Scotland

Employers make redundancies for many reasons – a strong competitor, falling demand, economic downturn or advances in technology. However it happens, being made redundant is never easy. 

We've got advice to help you deal with redundancy, plus information on where to get support.

Facing redundancy? Get support from PACE

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If you've been made redundant or are facing redundancy, it's likely you'll have a lot of questions. You can speak face-to-face with someone and get the support and advice you need to work out your next step. Contact Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) on 0800 917 8000 for free, impartial advice.

PACE is a free Scottish Government scheme. Our advisers can help you:

PACE in your area

The Positive Steps guide has useful information to help you through the redundancy process. Find out more about PACE redundancy support, and get national and local information, including local contacts, from the Skills Development Scotland website. 

Are you an employer?

PACE advisers can help employers who are planning or thinking of making redundancies, too. Find out how we can support you and your staff on Our Skillsforce

Help in the oil and gas industry

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If you've been affected by the redundancies in the oil and gas industry, these resources may help.

Facing change

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Find out about your rights and entitlements, and get advice on tax and benefits, financial matters and coping with stress.

What have I got to offer?

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Understand your strengths, skills and experience and start planning your next steps after redundancy.

Where next?

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Being made redundant is a daunting time for anyone. But it can also be an opportunity to retrain, gain new skills and explore new work opportunities.

Setting goals

Ticks on a checklist

Once you’ve identified your options after redundancy, the next step is to set some goals.

Get sorted

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Looking for a new job after redundancy? Find out about job hunting online, accessing the hidden jobs market and networking.

Get noticed – CVs and applications

Ready to catch an employer's eye? We've got advice and tools to help you revamp your CV, cover letter and application forms:

  • Use My CV to create a CV that includes everything an employer wants to see
  • Check out the advice in the applying for a job section
  • Find more useful advice and CV examples in the Get noticed section of Positive Steps
  • You can also get access to computers and printers in our centres. Find your nearest centre   

First impressions count – interviews

Getting ready for an interview can be difficult, especially if you haven't had one for a long time. We can help you prepare.

  • Find tips and advice in the interviews section. We cover everything from telephone interviews and aptitude tests, to what to wear and how to tackle tough questions
  • Try My Interview and test your ability to answer competency-based questions
  • Check out the advice in the First impressions count section of Positive Steps

How PACE helped Michele get a new job

Michele Mackay

Michele Mackay

After being made redundant from her job as a senior administrator, Michele Mackay needed advice on applying for jobs.

She met with PACE advisers who helped her rethink the way she was writing CVs and application forms. First up was condensing her CV from a hefty five pages to a more reader-friendly two.

Application forms

When her dream job was advertised with HM Coastguard, Michele wanted to go for it. But the competency-based application was tricky.

'There's certain criteria that they're looking for and you need to hit key words  without necessarily knowing what they are,' she says.

'The advisers at PACE helped me with the application form. I would really have struggled to complete it without them. Their guidance on things like what wording to use was invaluable.'

A new job

Now, Michele is a Maritime Operations Officer for HM Coastguard, dealing with 999 calls.

'It's a fantastic job and I really enjoy it,' she says. 'Being told you're about to be made redundant is a scary thing to happen but there is great support out there. I definitely wouldn't have got this job without PACE.' 

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