The signs for Christmas are everywhere – cards in the shops, pubs seeking bookings for the office party and on television: Strictly Come Dancing and The Apprentice are a sure sign that we’re on the downward run to the annual festival of eating, drinking and making merry.
However, there’s another more unpleasant sign: redundancies may be on the up. At my firm we’ve seen an increase in clients coming in with compromise agreements. Every year companies like to get the dirty business over with before management and HR settle down to a slice of turkey and a mince pie. With rumours circulating about massive public-sector redundancies and the long-awaited Public Spending Review about to be announced next week, I don’t suppose this year will be much different.