With all the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, it’s understandable that people are worried about what it might mean for their jobs. According to new research, 11 per cent of UK workers believe redundancy is likely in their firm in the next 12 months.
HR News shared the research from Lee Hecht Harrison Penna, which also revealed that those working in IT, the building and property sector, engineering, and the hotel, leisure and entertainment sectors feel they are most likely to be made redundant in 2019.
However, as the news provider pointed out, redundancy doesn’t have to be a negative experience.
JC Townend, CEO of UK and Ireland at Lee Hecht Harrison Penna, told the website that redundancy can present opportunities to explore new roles or boost your professional development.
“While redundancy can be extremely unsettling and cause stress and fear for many workers, it can also be the chance to take some time to assess career goals and make sure you are on the right track,” he stated.
Among the advice from the HR firm on how to cope with redundancy is to take time to reflect on what you want from your career. Once you know which direction you’d like to go in, it’s best to focus on strengthening your CV and LinkedIn profile, to ensure they reflect the kinds of roles you’d like to land.
For new mothers and those on maternity leave, the threat of redundancy can be particularly stressful. The government has recently announced new measure to further extend protection for this group, as well as changing the law to apply to any parents returning from parental leave.
If you need advice on how to deal with being made redundant, contact our redundancy solicitors to receive specialist advice.