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Thanks for your patience. For a genuine redundancy to occur, the employer has to show that there is a reduced requirement for employees to carry out work of a particular kind. So they must actually be reducing the number of employees in a role, rather than just replacing them. Therefore, if they are simply replacing you like for like, there won’t be a redundancy and the employer will likely be acting unlawfully. They can go down that route if they can show that your role actually disappears and what these new employees will be doing is going to be something different. But a replacement for you will not really be fair and it could end up being an unfair dismissal (if you are dismissed) or a constructive dismissal (if you are forced to resign as a result).
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Hi there, sorry I was offline by the time you had replied. There is no specific percentage of similarity for this to be considered a like for like replacement and in the end it will come down to the specific facts and circumstances and for a tribunal to decide that. If the job is quite similar though, you should be given a chance to apply for it as well, because if you are at risk of redundancy the employer has a duty to offer you any suitable alternative employment that exists at the time, with a view to avoiding redundancy