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Use this model redundancy selection criteria matrix to set out the criteria that will be applied in deciding which employees to make redundant.

Each employee in the redundancy pool is scored against each of the criteria and the employees with the lowest scores are then selected for redundancy. Ideally, a panel should perform the scoring (not just one person).

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What is a Redundancy selection criteria matrix form?

The very first thing that you must do is make a clear statement identifying the pool of employees from which the redundancies are to be sought, for example, the sales staff at head office, or the fork lift drivers at the warehouse.

You should consider whether any of the jobs are interchangeable and whether there are other groups of employees performing identical work.

Selection criteria for redundancy may include:

  • some kind of measure of skills.
  • qualifications.
  • performance.
  • attendance records.
  • disciplinary records.

Note, length of service should only be used all other scores being equal.

The following criteria are considered unfair and can give rise to claims under Unfair Dismissal or the relevant discrimination laws:

  • trade union reasons.
  • carrying out duties relating to redundancy, as an elected representative of the employees.
  • maternity grounds.
  • sex, race or disability grounds.

From June 1999 an employee must have worked for that employer for two years before he or she can claim for unfair dismissal.

You should include selection criteria in your consultation.

Criteria should be as 'objective' and 'measurable' as possible. This means it should be fair, be based on facts that can be measured and not be affected by personal opinions.

You must use the same way of scoring criteria for all employees in the pool.

Agreed selection criteria scoring is useful as:

  • it can be applied to everyone (although you might need to use different scoring for different groups of employees - for example, the engineering team might have a different scoring from the sales team).
  • it can be easily explained to everyone.
  • employees feel they're being treated fairly.
  • it gives a clear, structured and consistent system for managing selection issues.
  • it can be used at employment tribunals to defend an employer's decision.

You can have different levels of points according to the importance of each criteria ('weighting') for your organisation's needs.

For example, if it's agreed that attendance record is less important than performance, you can allow fewer points for this. So you could score attendance out of 5 points and performance out of 10.

You should have written evidence against each of the criteria.

Applicable legal jurisdiction
In which jurisdiction can this form be used?
Great Britain & NI (United Kingdom)

Redundancy selection criteria matrix

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Scoring guidance


  • 15 | outstanding – consistently exceeds company standard
  • 12 | exceeds objectives of the role
  • 9 | meets all objectives of the role
  • 6 | meets some objectives of the role
  • 3 | fails to meet objectives of the role

Skills and competence

  • 15 | fully competent, multi-skilled, supports others on regular basis
  • 12 | fully competent in current role
  • 9 | competent in most aspects of current role, requires some supervision
  • 6 | some competence in role, requires regular supervision and guidance
  • 3 | cannot function without close support or supervision


  • 5 | no record of disciplinary action
  • 4 | record of informal disciplinary action
  • 3 | verbal warning current
  • 2 | written warning current
  • 1 | final written warning current


  • 5 | no recorded absence
  • 4 | some absence but below average for selection pool (or workplace)
  • 3 | attendance in line with workplace (or selection pool) average
  • 2 | absence level above average for selection pool (or workplace)
  • 1 | high and unacceptable level of absence


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