NI from redundancy payment?

I have been made redundant and received my redundancy payment. No tax on the first £30000 - that is ok. Then though, tax and NI taken from the rest, employer has also made NI contribution (hefty amount) to the tax man. I did not have payment in lieu of notice, just finished my contract after 3 months notice and then paid a straightforward redundancy payment. I did not think NI was due on this, am I wrong? 

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