Since being made redundant and doing my fair share of research, Iv’e found a lot of useful information that I thought was worth sharing.
This list will grow over time, and please get in touch if you think that you know anything that could be added
A great place to start. Citizens Advice have a great series of pages that delve into redundancy in great detail. The ‘check your redundancy is fair’ section is particularly useful. The ‘Make sure your redundancy is genuine’ section is also worth a visit.
Although XpertHR targets HR professionals, I found it very useful. It’s excellent for clarification on HR best practice and employment legislation. This usually comes at a cost, but if you register (email address), you get free access to three articles/policies per month. It’s a bit ‘HR’y, but it does clearly explain the process your manager should be following if you’re going through, or about to go through, the redundancy process. It’s the place to go for questions like, ‘how does my car allowance effect my redundancy pay’.
Money Saving Expert
The ever-popular (but a bit cult-like) Money Saving Expert is a useful resource, particularly from a financial point of view. The section on Coronavirus and redundancy is current and a good source of info. It’s written in a straight forward way without some of the HR waffle some sites are guilty of. The Redundancy Checklist towards the end of the page is also excellent.
The Redundancy forum though did grate a little as there was a tendency for quite a bit of moaning.
The ACAS website is also very useful.
UK Government website. The redundancy calculator was the highlight.
Money Advice Service. Contains lots of financial information
I’ve found the best jobs boards to be
My contact in HR tells me that they get 95% of their candidates from those two websites.
Codecademy is a great place to learn about IT and software development. You can search through their courses by topic, but I found the ‘career pathway’ route to be better. I’ve always liked messing around with websites, but I’ve never had any formal training, so I’m currently walking down the Website Designer pathway, and it’s great. I’m not sure I’ll be able to get a job as a Web Designer at the end of it, but it’s interesting, and the skills I’m learning are transferable to my usual role. They have both free and _pro tiers and are currently offering three months of _Pro membership if Covid19 has impacted your job. https://www.codecademy.com/worker-support
Have a vast amount of courses. There is though often a cost, but they do run lots of ‘offers’. I’m currently working through a course that cost me £19. The quality is very very good. I get Udemy accreditation once I finish it, and it may also lead to more formal certification if I want to follow that path.