Redeployment Opportunities FAQs

What is Redeployment?
Am I eligible for Redeployment?
Will redeployment be within my own department or faculty?
How does redeployment work?
What should I do during my period of redeployment?
How long will be on redeployment for?
How will I be notified of suitable vacancies?
Can I turn down an interview for a proposed vacancy or an offer of redeployment post?
During my redeployment period, can I apply for other vacancies?
If I am redeployed will I have a trial period?
What happens if I don’t engage in the redeployment process?
What will happen if I am unable to find alternative employment at the end of the redeployment period?
What support will I be given to me?

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Answers

What is Redeployment?

Redeployment is the appointment of a member of staff at risk of redundancy, to a position which may be different in terms and conditions to the current post.

An employer has a legal obligation to look for Suitable Alternative Employment (SAE) for staff “at risk” of redundancy, however, the University is committed to taking a wider responsibility by assisting these staff to find other employment in the wider University.

Please Note: At the University, Suitable Alternative Employment (SAE) will be sought within the staff members current Department/Faculty.

Am I eligible for Redeployment?

Redeployment is available to all University staff with 6 months or more continuous service. This includes staff members on fixed-term contracts, who will also be eligible for redeployment if they have 6 months or more continuous service at the date their current contract expires.

Will redeployment be within my own department or faculty?

Initially, staff affected by change will be considered for any Suitable Alternative Employment (SAE), or redeployment opportunities within his/her current department or faculty.

If there are no such opportunities available within your department or faculty, you will be registered, for a minimum of 3 months to enable you to be considered for University wide vacancies.

How does redeployment work?

Redeployment candidates will be required to actively seek out opportunities via the internal recruitment channel, which is only accessible via the "Apply for Jobs" link within myJob. The posts will be advertised internally, to redeployees only, for two working days prior to being advertised externally. This is an opportunity for redeployees to complete a tailored application for the post they are applying for. Once the post closes the Department will confirm via email if the redeployee has been short listed for interview.

Redeployment candidates will be considered for opportunities where they meet the essential criteria for the position or could do so with reasonable and appropriate training. Redeployment will normally be made to a position at the same grade as your current post; however, you may also consider a position at the grade below. Where a member of staff is offered, and accepts redeployment to a lower graded post, the University will offer transitional pay protection.
Redeployment candidates will be considered for opportunities where they meet the essential criteria for the position or could do so with reasonable and appropriate training.

What should I do during my period of redeployment?

To make sure that you have the best opportunity possible to be redeployed into another position, it is important that you tailor your application to the post you are applying for and it adequately describes the following:

  • your skills, knowledge and experience;
  • any transferable skills you have;
  • any specific areas of expertise or interest you have;
  • your level of responsibility;
  • any relevant training you have undertaken;
  • your ambitions/aspirations ;
  • if appropriate, any personal circumstances relevant to undertaking a new position.

A step by step guide is available to provide assistance on how to submit an application. 

How long will I be on redeployment for?

Staff will normally be allowed to remain in the Redeployment Pool for a period of at least 3 months.

If you are on a fixed-term contract then you will be registered on Redeployment for 3 months before the potential expiry of your fixed-term contract and you will remain eligible until your current contract expires.

How will I be notified of potentially suitable vacancies?

You can sign up for email notifications for specific roles you are interested in: you can do this by clicking on the ‘email alerts’ link within the ‘Apply for Jobs’ section of myJob

Can I turn down an interview for a proposed vacancy or an offer of redeployment post?

The University's Redeployment Procedures states that "Where priority consideration and/or a guaranteed interview and/or an offer of a post through the redeployment process has been made and refused without valid reasons, the University reserves the right to proceed to dismissal on the grounds of redundancy, where applicable."

During my redeployment period, can I apply for other vacancies?

It is important to consider all job opportunities, both internal and external to the University.  Vacancies advertised on the University’s current vacancies list, are also open to redeployees. However, for these vacancies, redeployees will be considered for the positions in open competition. This means that you will not be provided with priority consideration for these positions.  In all cases, you will be provided with reasonable time off to attend interviews for alternative employment.

If I am redeployed will I have a trial period?

In some cases, it may be beneficial for redeployees to undertake a trial period in their new position. This may be helpful to assess the suitability of the position, by both the department and yourself.

What will happen if I am unable to find alternative employment at the end of the redeployment period?

You will normally have been served notice of the termination of your employment at the same time as you were registered in the Redeployment Pool, and your period of redeployment will normally run in concurrence with your notice period.

Your manager and Human Resources will work with you throughout this period to try to help you find alternative employment. However, if this has not been possible, your contract of employment will end at the expiry of the 3 month period in the Redeployment Pool, on the grounds of redundancy.

What happens if I don’t engage in the redeployment process?

By not engaging in the redeployment process, you may lose your entitlement, subject to eligibility, to an Enhanced Redundancy Payment (ERP).

What support will I be given to me?

A range of support is available to you during your time on Redeployment.  Your manager and Human Resources will also provide advice and support to you, as required, and they will also take an active role to try to find you alternative employment. Your manager may also suggest that you undertake some additional training and development, which might help you to obtain other employment and it is important for you to participate if such opportunities arise.

If you have any questions about your current contract of employment or how the Redeployment Procedure will be applied to your situation you should discuss these with your Line Manager or your Faculty HR Team contact.

For issues relating to the system, in addition to the web pages providing information on each stage of the process, you can contact the e-Recruitment Help Desk on 0114 222 1606 or by email on e-Recruitment@sheffield.ac.uk