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Revealed: UK redundancy worry hotspot

Workers in Stoke-on-Trent, Edinburgh, and Cardiff are the most concerned about being made redundant, a new study by employment legal firm KLG Law shows.


Those cities were the top three in the UK for Google searches related to ‘redundancy’, such as “What are my redundancy rights?”, “Is my job is safe from redundancy?”, or “What does it mean if I’ve been made redundant?”.


Northern cities dominated the top 10, calculated by search volume on a 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


Scotland has seen a 4.5% increase in unemployment this year, according to the Office for National Statistics. Edinburgh airport is reported to have reduced its workforce by a third due to the Covid pandemic.


In Cardiff, there are concerns over thousands of jobs across key establishments such as Cardiff University, Debenhams, and 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.


“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.”


The study reveals that Google searches for ‘redundancy’ peaked across the UK on July 30, in response to new legislation which means furloughed employees who are made redundant are to receive their redundancy pay based on their normal wage, not on their reduced furlough pay.


KLG Law has developed a redundancy guide for employees which can be viewed at:

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