Employment and redundancy support

If your employment has been affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is still here to support you.

Whether you’re unemployed, concerned about loss of earnings or job security, or you've been furloughed, we can help.

To speak to a SDS adviser call 0800 917 8000. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.


We’ve brought together a list of some of the most frequently asked questions:

I’ve been told I’ve been made redundant – where do I go for advice and support?

The Scottish Government’s Partnership for Continuing Employment (PACE) is a well-established service to support individuals and employers dealing with redundancy.    

To find out more visit Redundancy Scotland. To speak to our PACE team please call us on 0800 917 8000.

We’re working with Scottish Government and other partners to ensure our PACE delivery is responsive to the emerging situation and we will keep this website updated with the latest advice and guidance. 

Our new service, My World of Work Job Hub also provides information on immediate jobs in Scotland during the Coronavirus pandemic.

My employment conditions have changed significantly – where can I go for advice and support?

For support with career information, advice and guidance – speak to an adviser by calling 0800 917 8000. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

I’m looking to develop skills to enhance my career prospects. What support is there?

Through My World of Work you can access support using the CV tool and Skills Explorer - and search from thousands of free-to-access courses using the Online Learning Portal.

How do I find out more about 'key worker' status?

The Scottish Government is offering guidance to employers on what staff are considered key workers.   

I’m at risk of suffering severe hardship as a result of COVID-19 - where can I access help?

The Scottish Government has announced a range of interventions designed to support communities through the effects of the pandemic.    

Funding will be made available to councils, charities, businesses and community groups to enable them to respond swiftly and according to local need for people impacted economically or through reduced contact with society, including anyone struggling to access food.   

Further advice and support can be found on Ready Scotland.

The UK Government has published guidance in relation to statutory sick pay, universal credit and range of additional measures.    

Many local authorities are publishing updates on local services in response to the pandemic – MyGov has details of local authority websites. 

How do I contact a careers adviser?

One-to-one contact with careers advisers is available online and over the phone. Speak to an adviser by calling 0800 917 8000.

Will my apprenticeship be affected?

There’s information and advice for apprentices on Apprenticeships.scot

Keep up to date

We've pulled together some useful sources of information to help during this time: