Step 10: Support your staff - Managing staff redundancies

Step 10: Support your staff

Redundancy can create difficult situations and conversations in your organisation.

You should think about how to support:

  • employees at risk of redundancy
  • managers who are breaking the news
  • the people leading the consultation
  • employee representatives
  • those staying on

You can support staff by providing:

  • counselling
  • additional face-to-face meetings
  • help getting financial advice
  • clear plans for the future
  • time off for those selected for redundancy to look for new jobs or get training

Employees who are staying might experience stress from seeing colleagues and friends being made redundant. They'll also be part of a changing workplace and might feel uncertain about what the work and their roles will look like in future.

Help staff find another job or training

You must allow employees you've made redundant a reasonable amount of time off during their notice period to look for another job or to do training.

This applies if the employee has worked for you continuously for 2 years or more, including the notice period.

Paid time off for training or to look for another job

You do not have to pay more than 40% of a week's pay for time off to look for work or training during the notice period. This applies even if an employee takes more than 40% of a week off.

An employee's contract might say that you pay more than this. If it's not in the contract, you can choose to pay more. Either way, you should treat everyone the same.

Example of paid time off

Robyn has been selected for redundancy. Their normal pay is £500 for a 5-day working week.

They take 5 days off to apply for new jobs during their notice period.

Robyn is paid £200 for this time off. This is 40% of their weekly pay.

Organisations that can help

You can support employees with finding another job or training by signposting them to the following organisations.


The Jobcentre Plus Rapid Response Service can:

  • help people get back into work and with writing or updating CVs
  • give you useful information about finding work to pass on to your staff

Find out more about the Rapid Response Service on GOV.UK


Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) is a Scottish government service that supports those dealing with redundancy. Employers and employees can get free, confidential advice.

Find out more on the PACE website


ReAct+ is a Welsh Government programme that provides tailored support to get people back into employment.

Find out more about ReAct+ from the Welsh Government

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