Guide to bumping in redundancy

Guide to bumping in redundancy

Where you have put a role at risk of redundancy always consider (and record the process of your consideration) the possibility of bumping i.e. offering the more senior employee at risk of redundancy the role of a more junior employee.

You can, of course, decide that bumping is not appropriate. The following are some examples of relevant factors which may support you reaching such a conclusion;

  • The difference between the two jobs including pay;
  • The length of service of the two employees;
  • The qualifications of the two employees.

Failure to consider bumping is often used by employees at risk/dismissed for redundancy to attack the fairness of the redundancy process.

If you need advice or have any questions in relation to redundancy planning, please contact David Greenhalgh on 020 3 603 2177.


This article/blog is for reference purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Specific legal advice about your specific circumstances should always be sought separately before taking or deciding not to take any action.

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