Redundancy help in Scotland

Advice to help you deal with redundancy, understand your rights and find out where to get support.

Facing redundancy or recently made redundant?

Access the help and support you need through Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE).

Free and confidential, it’s a Scottish Government initative dedicated to helping individuals and employers faced with redundancy.  

When you need to work out where to go next in your career, PACE can deliver on-the-ground services to support your transition.

Want to speak to someone face-to-face? Drop in to your local Skills Development Scotland careers centre to arrange an appointment with a specialist adviser.

If you'd prefer to call, get in touch on 0800 917 8000 to learn about the services on offer. 


How can PACE help you?

Alan Hamilton explains how PACE helped him move on successfully after redundancy.

Free, impartial advice and support is offered at careers centres throughout the country. Your employer can also request PACE services to be delivered on their premises.

Our specialist advisers will help you:

  • Explore and consider your career options
  • Get your C.V. and interview technique in shape
  • Understand financial and additional support you may be eligible for

Working with an extensive network of partners, they can direct you to additional services and support.


Dealing with change

Redundancy can be one of the most challenging, stressful things you'll ever face. And understandably, you might feel unsure of where to go next. 

You might be going through a range of emotions - shock and anger, guilt or denial, feelings of loss, self-doubt or relief. 

A loss of confidence can be natural - but don't let it act as a barrier to progress. Use your feelings positively, and channel them into action. 

PACE can support you to take the next step. Take a look at our Positive Steps to Your Future handbook and discover how we can help. 


Five key areas of support

In such a time of change, you'll need to understand what to expect and what you're entitled to - from how the redundancy process works to your rights, and any benefits you may qualify for.

We've broken it down into five sections of support: 

  • Rights, entitlements and the redundancy process
  • Benefits you may be entitled to
  • Practical advice on getting a new job
  • Identify learning and training opportunities
  • Business start-up

​​​​​​​You can learn about the full range of services here

Apprentice who's been made redundant?

The Scottish Government can offer £2000 to employers who employ a redundant apprentice. 

This will help the employer support you to continue your apprenticeship and work towards your qualification for 12 months. 

If you were employed in the oil and gas industry, a financial incentive of £5000 will be awarded to your new employer.

Employer faced with redundancy?

Discover how to support your employees through the redundancy process with Our Skills Force.

Free advice is offered to businesses of any size, no matter how many employees are involved. 

Advisers will visit your business, talk to your employees and guide them through the process of finding a new job.