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Redundancy in Northern Ireland

Redundancy is a form of dismissal from your job, caused by your employer needing to reduce the workforce.

If you’re going to be made redundant from your job, you should be treated fairly by your employer and there are certain steps they would be expected to follow. You may also be entitled to a redundancy payment.

The NI Direct website contains numerous pages on this topic. It includes the following information:

  • Being made redundant
  • Redundancy pay
  • Redundancy selections and notice periods

For further details please visit -NI Direct – Redundancy and leaving your job

Calculating your redundancy pay

How much redundancy pay you get depends on your wage, how long you have worked at the company and your age. When your employer gives you your redundancy payment they must also give you a statement showing how it was calculated.

Cross border issues

With regards to claiming job seeker benefits there are special rules for frontier / cross border workers:

  • Frontier workers who are wholly/fully unemployed, e.g. made completely redundant, receive benefits in the state in which they live.
  • Frontier workers who are partially or intermittently out of work (e.g. reduced working hours) receive unemployment benefits in the state where they were last employed.
  • In the absence of any contractual link with the employer they are treated as fully unemployed.
  • Where there is no resumption date they are treated as fully unemployed

Therefore if a frontier worker resident in the North loses his/ her job in the South, he/she can rely on their PRSI Contributions paid in the South to qualify for Jobseekers Allowance in the North.  He/she must satisfy the general contribution conditions for Jobseekers Allowance.  If there is a partial loss of employment in the South, the Department of Social Protection would be obliged to consider entitlement to contribution based Jobseekers Benefit.


Department of Employment and Learning booklets:

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Page last checked: April 2016

This webpage is for general information purposes only and while we endeavour to keep it up-to-date, errors may occur.  It is very important that you check with the relevant body to ensure the information is current and is applicable to your situation: – North /  South

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