Redundancy is distressing for employees and can lower staff morale and productivity. It should therefore be a last resort.

This factsheet suggests alternatives to redundancy and provides guidance on managing redundancy when it's unavoidable. It looks at the steps in the redundancy process, including identifying the pool for selection, seeking volunteers, selection for redundancy, consulting employees, appeals and dismissals, suitable alternative employment and redundancy payments. Further information on managing the process is available on our redundancy guidance for people professionals.

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