“What are my redundancy rights?”, “is my job is safe from redundancy?”, or “what does it mean I’ve been made redundant?”. These are all sadly common queries and searches right now, as the UK economy and job market takes its biggest hit with a post-pandemic recession. Naturally, Brits have turned to Google to help them find out what redundancy means and find answers to growing concerns across the UK.

Employment law firm, KLG Law, has today revealed its latest study uncovering the state of redundancy concern across the UK by revealing areas where those searches and concerns about losing jobs are highest:

UK’s cities with the most redundancy concerns
Note: search volume on scale of 1-100

1. Stoke-on-Trent – search volume 100
2. Edinburgh – search volume 100
3. Cardiff – search volume 100
4. Leeds – search volume 98
5. Bristol – search volume 98
6. Sheffield – search volume 94
7. London – search volume 92
8. Birmingham – search volume 85
9. Manchester – search volume 83
10. Liverpool – search volume 71

Stoke-on-Trent, Edinburgh and Cardiff are the top three cities were citizens are most concerned about redundancy. Their search volume score is the highest in the UK, totaling a value of 100.

Scotland has seen a 4.5% increase in unemployment this year and is the third UK region with the highest unemployment rate, according to the Office of National Statistics report 2020, explaining the concern in Edinburgh city. Its airport is reported to have reduced their workforce by a third due to the covid pandemic previously; a big recruiter in the city.

Cardiff, which features the third highest, has been on the verge of a huge economic shock with concerns of thousands of jobs being cut across key establishments such as Cardiff University, Debenhams and even BBC Cymru Wales.

Anita Kalra, managing director of KLG Law comments:

“According to the 2020 ONS labour report, the number of UK redundancies has increased by 27,000 in the quarter. This is huge; many industries are suffering in ways not experienced since 2008. It’s important to remember that not everyone knows what to do when they are made redundant, it can be extremely overwhelming.”

“Some employers unfortunately lack the relevant support and resources to help their employees through this difficult and uncertain time and naturally employees turn to Google for support to answer their concerns. This study has been really interesting as it’s given us a snapshot of concern across the UK, but also which areas – and respective industries in those areas – are suffering most,” Anita adds.

Regions with the biggest unemployment
Note: this data is taken from ONS unemployment data

UK regions with highest unemployment

• London – 5.1% increase in unemployment
• North East – 5.0% increase in unemployment
• West Midlands – 4.4% increase in unemployment
• Scotland – 4.3% increase in unemployment
• East Midlands – 4% increase in unemployment

When have Brits been most worried about their jobs?

KLG Law’s study reveals that Google searches for ‘redundancy’ peaked across the entire UK on July 30th 2020. This can be directly linked to the day that the UK government officially passed the law that furloughed employees who are then made redundant are to receive their redundancy pay based on their normal wage, and not on their reduced furlough pay; which may have led to mild panic about job security post-furlough.

What are our concerns and searches?

• furlough
• furlough redundancy
• coronavirus redundancy
• redundancy on furlough
• redundancy during furlough

Anita comments on support available:

“Redundancy has unfortunately become a harsh possibility for UK workers, but there is support available. It’s important to remember – whether it’s you, a friend, colleague or family member – no one is alone or unique in this situation. There is no shame in it either. With access to the correct resources, many employees will find comfort in the facts and rights they have, and can stay afloat amidst the worry and uncertainty unemployment brings.”
“We’ve developed a guide for any one finding themselves in this situation during the covid-19 pandemic and are also working closely and offering advice to those who have been made redundant unfairly to ensure companies are being legally compliant at all times and taking legal action where necessary,” Anita explains.

KLG Law have produced this helpful redundancy guide for employees: https://www.klglaw.co.uk/coronavirus-a-complete-guide-for-employees.html

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.

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