Alternatives to Redundancy - A Short Guide 2010 (England)


In the current economic climate and with the forecast for economic recovery looking promising, employers are becoming increasingly open to the idea of using alternative strategies to avoid making their staff redundant. These strategies should help them in the long run as once the economy picks up, employers will not need to look for appropriate staff again.

Some alternatives to redundancies include:

Pay freezes Contractual variations; Retraining and recruitment freezes; Reducing agency staff, Bans on overtime; Flexible working; Secondments; Sabbaticals and many more.

Before deciding on any of these options, each one should be considered carefully especially with regard to the current law. A cost-benefit analysis should be carried out, staff and/or unions should be consulted and clear positive communication should be made.

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