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Sorry to hear of your current work situation. Is your employer carrying out any formal consultations or procedures?
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Many thanks for your patience, I am pleased to be able to continue assisting with your query now. There is no requirement for employers to release self-employed workers before permanent employees. When a redundancy occurs, the official criteria is that the employer requires fewer employees doing a particular job. So they could actually reduce the number of employees and retain all self-employed staff and that is still a legal redundancy.
As to last in first out, that can potentially be used as a selection criterion by the employer but it is up to them whether they do. It is certainly not a given that it will be taken into account but it can be applied as part of a wider selection process or as a tie-breaker if the other scores are equal.
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