Voluntary redundancy: a step-by-step guide

Redundancies may be a necessary step to manage your staffing budget or structure. Understand the legal framework around offering and accepting voluntary redundancy, and see our step-by-step guide on how to carry out the process.

Last reviewed on 18 January 2023
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  1. What are the rules?
  2. Example scenarios
  3. The process for offering voluntary redundancy

It's a difficult time for many schools and trusts right now. You may find yourself having to look at your staffing budget or structure, with voluntary redundancy an option you may need to consider. Voluntary redundancy is a sensitive process, but it may allow you to give your staff greater choice in their future during a difficult time for everyone.

It's also a good way to show that you have considered all other options if you later decide you need to make compulsory redundancies. 

This article was written with support from Forbes Solicitors.

What are the rules?

Voluntary redundancy is when an employee voluntarily chooses to accept a redundancy package and leave their employment. This can happen:

  • By your school or trust asking for volunteers for redundancy
  • By individual staff members offering to be made redundant