If you're going to be made redundant, you should be treated fairly by your employer and there are certain steps they would be expected to follow. You may also be entitled to a redundancy payment, provided you have two years of service with your employer.
Redundancy is a form of dismissal from a job. Reasons include:
It can still be a genuine redundancy if someone else's job disappears and they are moved into your job, making you redundant. This is known as 'bumping', but it may be difficult for your employer to justify as fair.
In a redundancy situation, the following things should happen:
If there are fewer than 20 employees being made redundant then your employer must follow the SDDG procedure. If they don't, you could get an uplift of between 10% and 50% on an unfair dismissal award from an Industrial Tribunal.
If there are 20 or more, then the collective consultation procedure applies as well. If an employer uses redundancy to cover up the real reason for ending your employment, or if they do not carry out the redundancy procedure properly, it may amount to unfair dismissal. The rights to redundancy payments and collective consultation are claimed separately from unfair dismissal.