Your rights during redundancy

Taking another job with your employer

Instead of being made redundant, you might be able to take another job with your employer if you have redundancy rights (‘suitable alternative employment’).

If a suitable job comes up in your company or organisation, your employer must offer it to you rather than make you redundant. You do not have to take the job if you do not think it’s suitable.

Whether a job is suitable usually depends on:

  • how much you’ll be paid and what benefits you’ll get, for example pension
  • where the job is – it may be further for you to travel
  • how similar the role is to your current job
  • what terms you’re being offered
  • your skills and abilities in relation to the job

When you should get a job offer

The offer of another job should come before your current job ends. The new job should also start within 4 weeks of your current job ending.

If not, you’ll still qualify as redundant and should get redundancy pay.

Trial period

You have the right to a 4-week trial period in an alternative job. This should start after you’ve worked your notice period and your existing contract has ended. This avoids any confusion or disputes if the trial does not work out.

It’s a good idea to get the dates for the trial period in writing. If you need longer to train for a job, get your employer’s agreement in writing with a clear end date.

If your employer offers you more than one job, you can try each for 4 weeks.

Turning down the job

If you both agree it’s not working out during the trial period, you can still get redundancy pay.

You need to tell your employer in writing during the trial period if you think the job is not suitable. If you do not, you could lose your right to redundancy pay.

You need to have a good reason why it's not suitable, for example:

  • the job is on lower pay
  • health issues stop you from doing the job
  • you have difficulty getting there, for example because of a longer journey, higher cost or lack of public transport
  • it would cause disruption to your family life

Your contract could say you have to work anywhere your employer asks you to (a ‘mobility clause’). This could mean turning down a job because of its location could risk your right to redundancy pay.

If your employer does not accept your reasons

If your employer does not accept your reasons for turning down the job, they could refuse to pay your redundancy pay.

Have an informal chat with your employer and ask them why they do not accept your reasons. Explain why you think the job is not suitable.

If they still do not accept your reasons, call the Acas helpline and we'll talk through your options.