Unemployment in Leicestershire has decreased by 185 people between the months of August 2014 to September 2015.  According to the Harborough Mail, this means that unemployment in the area has fallen by almost a third over just one year. The unemployment rate in the Market Harborough area is now at 0.5 per cent, which is the lowest in the East Midlands.

Unemployment in Market Harborough

A person is classed as unemployed if they are out of work for reasons such as losing their job or through being made redundant.  In the Market Harborough area there are currently just 256 people out of work.  In comparison with the same area last year, there were 364 people out of work, which means that there has been a significant decrease in unemployment, of 30 per cent in a year.

Reasons for redundancy

Redundancy is a form of work dismissal, where you are dismissed because the requirements of the employer for the employee to carry out their duties has ceased or diminished.  Situations where this can happen include:

  • Your employer’s business, or part of the business, has stopped working or has gone bust
  • Your employer is moving into a new line of business which no longer needs your skills
  • A new structure or technology is being introduced which means your job is no longer required
  • Your job no longer exists because the work is being done by other people, following a reorganisation of the workplace
  • Your employer’s business, or the work you are doing, moves to another area
  • Your employer’s business is taken over
  • Your employer was the sole owner of the business and they die

There are situations where you might not actually be legally redundant.  Just because your employer says you are legally redundant might not always be the case, when in fact you could have been unfairly dismissed.  You should look carefully at the conditions surrounding your dismissal to make sure that you are really being made redundant.  Here are some examples of situations where the reason for your dismissal might not be redundancy:

  • Your employer has recently taken on other people. This could mean that there has NOT been a reduction in the amount of work to be done.
  • You’re the only person being made redundant, or one of a few in a large company. This might be a sign that the type of work you do is still needed.
  • You had a poor relationship with your employer.
  • You have experienced discrimination at work.

Redundancy solicitors in Market Harborough

If you think you have been made redundant for reasons that are not fair, you may be able to make a claim to an employment tribunal for unfair dismissal, discrimination, or in some circumstances, both.

For expert employment law advice, speak to our redundancy specialists at our offices in Market Harborough, Leicester and Hinckley, by using the following numbers.