Redundancy notice periods

Understand the statutory requirements for redundancy notice periods, and see how arrangements differ for teachers and support staff.

Last reviewed on 1 March 2024
School types: All · School phases: All
Ref: 33698
  1. Statutory notice periods apply to all staff
  2. Contractual notice periods may also apply
  3. Minimum timeframes for collective consultation

Statutory notice periods apply to all staff

Staff who are made redundant must be given a notice period before the end of their employment. The amount of notice depends on how long they’ve been employed.

The statutory redundancy notice periods are:

  • At least 1 week’s notice if employed between 1 month and 2 years
  • 1 week’s notice for each year if employed between 2 and 12 years
  • 12 weeks’ notice if employed for 12 years or more

The statutory rights of employees to minimum notice periods are set out in part 9, paragraph 86(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996. Because this is statutory, these minimum entitlements apply to all staff, no matter the terms they're employed under.

You can give more notice than your statutory obligations.

The contractual notice period is the notice period in the employee’s contract. This may be longer than the statutory minimum