Being made redundantCoping with Redundancy

Redundancy can be a difficult and worrying experience, but you are not alone. You can get help and advice from different organisations, and you can take positive steps to help you deal with your situation.

Make sure that you have received everything you need from your old employer: this includes accrued holiday pay (payment for holiday owed which has not been taken), an Income Tax form, P45, your redundancy pay, and a letter stating the date of redundancy. The Direct Gov redundancy calculator will give you some idea of how much you will receive. The Money Advice service also produce a redundancy handbook.

Claim what you’re entitled to: you may be able to receive other benefits and financial help if you are unemployed.

Keep a structure around your day: this will help you to take stock of your situation and feel in control. Your job now is finding a job, and it will help you stay positive if you can focus on a daily routine. But don’t be afraid to talk to others if you are feeling overwhelmed - the following organisations may be able to help:

Explore every avenue

Redundancy can be a chance for you to look at your career afresh, volunteer, learn a new trade or skill, go back to formal education, or reconsider your skills and think about what you really enjoy and want to do – it might be something completely different from your previous roles.


Meeting with others and keeping a high profile is an important part of looking for a job. This could mean attending professional events, joining professional organisations and groups and creating an online profile to expand your list of useful contacts.