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Can I Take on More Staff After Making Person Redundant?

By: Emma Eilbeck BA (hons) - Updated: 13 Aug 2020 | comments*Discuss
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If I were to make a member of staff redundant due to the economic downturn, would I be able take on more staff when and if things pick up?

(M.W, 8 July 2009)


As the credit crunch takes hold more employers are being forced to shed members of their workforce in order to keep costs down. The last thing you want to do is appear insensitive to any loyal staff you have had to make redundant, but it may be you need to recruit more staff into other areas of the business.

But before you embark on any redundancies make sure that the person’s job has actually become redundant.Redundancy means that their role no longer exists or there will be less demand for their job in the foreseeable future.

For example, if you employ a group of builders and there is no work for them for the next six months you will need to make some redundant. But if there is work coming in that you know about, be careful not to use redundancy as an excuse to get rid of some dead wood within the workplace, or you could find yourself in hot water.

There are no set rules as to how long you have to wait before recruiting extra staff but you could land yourself in a legal battle if you take on somebody to do a job that has just been made redundant.

If however you are recruiting to the same role because you have won a new contract or some extra business has unexpectedly come your way, this is acceptable.

But to be on the safe side, if you are thinking of taking on any new recruits after making redundancies you should make sure their job role differs to that of the people you have just made redundant. If you are already thinking about taking on a new member of staff in that same role you should ask yourself why you need to make that person redundant in the first instance.

One potential grey area within redundancy law is when you are genuinely cutting down your workforce but you make one member of staff redundant and place an existing employee into their role. This is generally deemed to be acceptable as long as you have reduced the overall size of the workforce and you can prove there is a genuine need for doing so.

If you are making more than 20 staff redundant you will need to go through a consultation period for 30 days. You should also do everything to can to help place them somewhere else within the business and consult their trade union – if they have one.

It is not uncommon for staff that have been made redundant to seek their revenge on employers through unfair dismissal charges. It is important that when you make redundancies you can prove that their job is no longer needed or there will be less demand for it in the future, as long as you follow these rules you should not land yourself in hot water.

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sainys - 13-Aug-20 @ 5:14 PM
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John A - 12-Aug-20 @ 7:14 PM
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leslee - 30-Jul-20 @ 10:07 PM
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Debs - 23-Jul-20 @ 5:47 PM
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Dan - 23-Jul-20 @ 1:54 AM
I have now been made redundant after 17 years with the company as a senior role ,, along with other long serving members ?? Others younger and less skilled are still there doing my job ,, is this fair ??? Pls advice ...
BLONDE - 17-Jul-20 @ 1:22 AM
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Brims - 12-Jul-20 @ 1:15 AM
my role is at risk and is still required. I’m the only person doing my job but my role is being replaced by a higher grade role taking on some more responsibility. I have been in the job 1 year. Is this fair?
MD - 3-Jul-20 @ 5:12 AM
I was made redundant a couple of years ago and the process used was in my opinion biased from the start and quite obvious set up not in my favour. However, I knew I would be going so took positive steps forward for myself. I have since found out my position has since been advertised and filled by someone who made no attempt at the time that she wanted my role and has now got it. This was common knowledge and I have been kept informed. Is this right that the same position that I was made redundant from has been advertised and given to a former colleague?
Tower - 2-Jul-20 @ 10:31 AM
If you have two people in a similar role and the employer states both roles are going, but, wishes to select one of the two to continue, in this case, a young female with small amount of years service or an old male with many years experience, which would you go for?
Anon III - 30-Jun-20 @ 1:09 PM
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Jor - 24-Jun-20 @ 1:13 PM
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Paris Kodola - 23-Jun-20 @ 9:13 AM
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Pumpkin - 20-Jun-20 @ 6:51 AM
I have currently been put at risk because a company is going through a cost cutting exercise. My employer has used a scoring matrix which is based on an opinion. For some reason I was asked to be scored by 3 people, which none of them I deal with on a daily basis. Matrix criteria is very subjective meaning it is based on an opinionone of the people scoring me is biased and has previously told me that he would not hire me for the job, I dont even report to him. I have made hr aware of this incident. The other girl in the pool is only scored by her direct manager. Anyway, when asked why redundancy is being discussed and not other means like reduced pay or reduced hours I wasbeing told that it is the headcount the need to cut. My job still exists as a new 3 year project has started last week with no one else with the same job title doing my role. Proof of that we arebusy is my overtime that has been approved and proves that volume of work is there. So this just seems like a cost cutting exercise as my duties will be passed on to someone else.
Mk - 14-Jun-20 @ 8:29 AM
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Jen - 29-May-20 @ 8:56 AM
I was made redundant last year, 20th February 2019 and have subsequently found out that a replacement doing the same role with same title has been recruited. I now feel that my redundancy was effectively constructive dismissal. Can you please provide feedback on whether this is something I can therefore claim through industrial tribunal.
None - 5-Feb-20 @ 4:33 PM
I was made redundant April 2019, my job as just been advertised Jan 2020 can i get my job back.
Bri - 18-Jan-20 @ 12:47 PM
I was made redundant at the end of October 2019 after 2 years of employment, I have found out they have taken on an ex employer as a temp, to cover some of the work I did, I am not sure where I stand legally, can I request a reason why I wasn't offered it when I was still out of work?
Loxley - 8-Dec-19 @ 7:11 PM
I was made redundant on Jan 2019 I have recently been told that they have startedsomeone in my position last month beginning July 2019 do I have a case against this company?
None - 28-Jul-19 @ 7:05 PM
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User - 27-Jul-19 @ 4:40 PM
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Misty - 4-Jun-19 @ 3:12 PM
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Thejays - 15-Mar-19 @ 7:09 PM
I got made redundnt in november 16th 2108 its now february 2019 and my job is now being advertised on indeed even at more money an hour than i was on.
Gobby - 13-Mar-19 @ 3:58 PM
Hi one of my friends has been made redundant and I hear they are employing someone to do the same roll on the estate?? Also I have found out that when he signed the redundancy form that he never noticed till now that they have changed his job tital Evan tho lots an lots of people know he wasn’t that! So they have changed his roll so they can get rid of him and employee someone in his roll?? Can they do this? Thanks.
Dags - 20-Feb-19 @ 11:22 AM
I was made redundant from a local FE college after 10 yearsI constantly received excellent grades in ofsted and internal lesson observations. I now find after 6 months they are advertising for students to enrol onto courses in September 2019 is this allowed ? I feel very aggrieved that I have been treated very shoddily and missed out on 10 years teachers pension !
Nick55 - 27-Dec-18 @ 9:40 PM
My manager has just been made redundant.I am already being asked to cover some of his work, an area of the department in which I have not had involvement before. Can I refuse to do it without jeopardizing my job. (I am already fully stretched)
Holiday Planner - 20-Oct-18 @ 9:18 AM
Hi I was made redundant alongside 6 others as the company I worked for had a restructure and our positions were no longer needed as the process would be done differently, this was in May 2018. However I have just seen on a local job board the role I used to do being adverised. Is this acceptable seeing as we were told that our roles were no longer live ? Thank you.
Carolina - 8-Oct-18 @ 2:40 PM
@Chrisr - there is nothing to say your company cannot reemploy the people who were made redundant if and where there is an upturn in business. You'd have to call Acas to see whether you have a case, but I'm not so sure you have.
RGs - 3-Sep-18 @ 2:10 PM
I was made redundant 7 September 2017 as sales manager and the 3 sales people under me were also made redundant as all sales roles were going. However, I knew that one was bought back secretly a couple of months later but was not in any documentation. I was never paid what I was due either but now I’ve checked their website and that member of staff is now on there as a sales person. So myself and 3 others were made redundant because all sales roles were going. Can I receive compensation or at least can I make the company aware that this is yet another underhand deal they’ve done
Chrisr - 2-Sep-18 @ 11:55 PM
Langjitiya - Your Question:
Hi, I work for a big MNC and due to the economical downturn, now one of my team member's role is moving to overseas, only a portion of the team member's role has been moved out. And the other potion is remaining within my Australia onshore team. Currently I been told I cannot backfill that position for cost saving purpose, the remaining portion of the job of my team member now need to be fullfiled by myself as the work need to be done. Is this constitute a change in my role , can I ask for redundancy? Thanks a lot

Our Response:
Unfortunately, we cannot advise as we are a UK-based site with knowledge only of UK redundancy regulations.
RedundancyExpert - 31-Jul-18 @ 12:04 PM
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