Employees in the UK receive some of the lowest minimum payments after being made redundant, according to research.
Minimum redundancy payments vary hugely across Europe, with some EU countries offering more than five times that of others.
Research by Mercer shows that France, the Netherlands and the UK have the lowest levels, while Spain, Italy, Belgium and Austria are the most generous.
The comparisons are based on minimum statutory paid notice and severance pay for a white-collar employee aged 40, made redundant after 10 years on a salary of £20,000.
Based on this example the average redundancy pay across the EU after 10 years’ service would be £11,163, compared to just £5,128 in the UK.