Categories at risk of redundancy
Group at risk
If a service or function is to undertake a restructure which could result in fewer jobs or changed jobs, employees working within it whose jobs may be affected, will be notified that their jobs are at risk of redundancy. At this stage, as it is not clear which jobs will be specifically affected, employees will be given a redeployment status of 'group at risk'.
This means they will be placed on the redeployment register and notified of vacancies through job alerts. They will also have guaranteed interview status in applying for jobs at the same grade or below elsewhere in our organisation. Applications will be considered alongside those of other internal candidates as part of a competitive process.
Access to jobs within a ring fence
Once the new organisation structure is determined, employees included in the ring fence for the appointment exercise, though classified 'group at risk', will have priority access to jobs within their new structure, at the same grade or below. This is on an equal footing with any ‘individually at risk’ employees eligible for priority interview status from elsewhere in the organisation. Where there are no jobs in the new structure at the employee’s current grade, then in these specific circumstances, the employee will have priority consideration for jobs at the next grade up, that is, for promotion.
Individually at risk
An employee will be given a redeployment status of 'individually at risk' if they are:
- unsuccessful in being appointed to a job following a restructure
- selected for redundancy through a selection out exercise
- in a unique job or in an establishment that is closing and the job is to cease
- on a fixed term contract that is coming to an end for reasons of redundancy
This means that they will receive support such as priority interview status. They can then apply for appropriate vacancies at the same grade or below (together with other priority candidates) prior to these being advertised internally. This includes vacancies within their own or other organisational restructures elsewhere in the organisation.
They will also have guaranteed interview status for jobs at a higher grade and be allocated a Redeployment Officer who will assist in seeking suitable alternative employment.
The redeployment officer will help the employee consider their skills, knowledge and experience. They will discuss options and ensure they are aware of the practical support and information that is available to help find alternative employment, either with us or externally.
If you are currently employed on a fixed term contract please seek advice from your redeployment officer on your eligibility for priority status.
Suitable alternative employment
We have a statutory duty in redundancy situations to take reasonable steps to consider whether suitable alternative employment is available for 'individually at risk' employees. Employees have a shared responsibility with us in seeking redeployment and should adopt a reasonable and flexible approach when considering alternative jobs.
A range of factors will be taken into account when determining the suitability of an alternative job, such as grade, level of earnings, status, working environment, terms and conditions of employment, working pattern and location. Where these factors are considered to be very similar to the employee's current job, an offer of suitable alternative employment may be made. Employees who unreasonably refuse may lose their entitlement to redundancy pay.