Any guidance please...

My husband was informed on the 14th October that due to operational reasons they were proposing redundancy to several departments and other offices in the UK.

His whole entire team (apart from management who somehow have had their roles secured) have now entered the 30 day consultation period but other than that we are completely in the dark.

The paperwork gives references to various different timescales but then says your manager should confirm this (hubby has asked but his manager is insisting he has no idea) and generally the whole thing is very up in the air so to speak.

He has worked there for 2 years and 8 months but I understand that for payment purposes it’s only 2 years that counts and that he will have to given a statutory notice period of 2 weeks. It’s pretty much certain the role will become redundant because they wish to hand the department over to the Portugal office and the UK staff have been asked to prepare help sheets etc for those working in Portugal. Also because of redundancies throughout the other departments it’s unlikely he will secure a role elsewhere with the employer.

Can anybody advise of what to expect once the 30 day period is over? We have 2 small children and trying to forward plan as much as possible!!


  • getmore4less
    getmore4less Posts: 46,882 Forumite
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    Contractual notice applies.

    Once a place I worked went through a round of redundancy where no manager was included untill they had done the dirty work for the company, they then got added to the list.

    Consulting is a two way process, they should keep asking the manager when they will know what is going on.

    What are the reps doing(union/elected) they should be engaged in dialogue with the company.
  • lincroft1710
    lincroft1710 Posts: 17,726 Forumite
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    Given that you seem certain he will lose his job, the best piece of advice would be for your husband to start looking for another one now and not wait for official notice of redundancy.
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  • ableandy
    ableandy Posts: 265 Forumite
    To be able to advise fully on the process can you confirm how many people are likely to be made redundant?

    Have the consultation meetings started?

    What contractural notice is your husband entitled to?
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  • kazwookie
    kazwookie Posts: 13,869 Forumite
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    Get your husband's CV up to day and start looking for a new job / newspapers/ FB / online job agencies etc and start to get his CV out there.
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  • happyc84
    happyc84 Posts: 325 Forumite
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    If your Husband is 41+ years old, the statutory redundancy is 1.5 weeks for every year work.

    Terrible timing, and I hope the job market picks up. Been made redundant twice, not easy but can lead to new opportunities.
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