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What notice does my employer have to give when making me redundant?

If you are made redundant you are entitled to the statutory notice, or the notice specified under your contract if that is longer. Under statutory notice, for every year you have worked for your employer, you should get a week's notice, up to a maximum of 12 weeks.

If your employer makes or lets you leave before this period you should still be paid for the full notice period.

Remember that these are the statutory terms, and your contract of employment may offer you more generous terms instead. So check your staff handbook, or ask your workplace union representative if you have one.

You can also download these two free publications with further advice:

Coping with the Economic Downturn TUC/Citizens Advice leaflet in PDF format.

Facing Redundancy Know Your Rights leaflet from the TUC in PDF format.