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Pension contributions, the aggregate of the employer and the employee's, is limited to 40K although you can go back three years to mop up unused contribution levels. This would top slice your redundancy pay the first 30K of which is tax free anyway. You will be well into the 45% tax bracket if you are not careful and if your taxable income exceeds 100K you will loose your Personal Allowance (PA) at the rate of a pound for every two quid over. Some calculations on the back of an envelope are clearly called for. If you can get some of the payment deferred until the next tax year this may help, but there is always the risk of your employer going pop in between.
It often happens, perfectly normal.