I am being sacked or losing my job

If a company decides you are unable to do the job they employed you for, they may dismiss you.  This is also called being ‘fired’, ‘given the sack’, being ‘dismissed’ or ‘having your employment terminated’.  Losing your job can be a big shock and have an emotional as well as financial impact. You should get support from family, friends or your GP if you are struggling to cope as a result.

When reading advice online, in this website and in others, you must judge for yourself what is useful and appropriate for you

If you are unwell you should consider whether you should seek advice from your doctor or NHS 111

If you have any urgent concern please see the following list, where help and support can be accessed from the following organisations:

See also our information about Health and Wellbeing for other support services.

If you lose your job, you will have less money for a while – you may need to cut back on any non-essential spending until you have more money coming in again

Check that you are being paid all of the money that you are entitled to including:

  • Wages or salary
  • Holiday pay for holiday you haven’t taken
  • ‘Pay in lieu of notice’ if you are not working your notice out
  • Any bonus, commission or expenses you are entitled to

The best way to move on from losing your job is to get another one as soon as possible. Whilst you are looking, you will need to check what benefits and tax credits you are entitled to. The Money Advice Service can provide further information.

If you were sacked it is likely that you were not happy in the job, so it can be a blessing in disguise. Enjoy the relief of knowing you won’t have to do it anymore.  Take time to look at the situation and work out what did not work for you, so that you can learn from the experience. Be honest with yourself and think about how much of it was your responsibility and work out what you would do differently next time.

You will need to explain what happened on your next job application. Describe what happened as straightforwardly as you can without blaming your previous employer. Show how this new opportunity is different and what you learned through the experience.

Was it an unfair dismissal?