Resources

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

Citizens Advice

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.

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/leaving-a-job/


XpertHR

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’.

https://www.xperthr.co.uk/


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.

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/redundancy-help/


Others

The ACAS website is also very useful.

https://www.acas.org.uk/your-rights-during-redundancy


UK Government website. The redundancy calculator was the highlight.

https://www.gov.uk/calculate-your-redundancy-pay


Money Advice Service. Contains lots of financial information

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/categories/redundancy


Go Compare -The UK’s Riskiest Jobs

This is really interesting! Not only can you find out which jobs are the most dangerous, you can also check how much you could earn if you decided to take the risk

https://www.gocompare.com/life-insurance/uk-riskiest-jobs-report/


Job Boards

I’ve found the best jobs boards to be

https://www.indeed.co.uk/

https://www.cv-library.co.uk/

My contact in HR tells me that they get 95% of their candidates from those two websites.


Training

Codecademy

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

https://www.codecademy.com/


Udemy

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.

https://www.udemy.com/