Christmas decorations are going up, town is too busy, and for the 4th year running Yell have announced redundancies in the I.T department.
We've just had an announcement that 34 roles (roughly 10-15%) will be lost from the UK, though until consultation starts they cannot disclose which areas are targetted. We'll hear more next week (and I assume affected roles will be put At Risk), once they have appointed various representatives for the consultation...that will last a targetted 30 days, at which point redundancy notices will go out.
They have specifically said no volunteers this time, which means there is a list of names that are for the chop pretty much. General opinion is that I will probably be OK, based on specific skillsets I have that support some short and mid-range business requirements, though as always I'm in a slightly weired position in that my role is different to everyone else in my team (my offical job title is Designer, though I work in the Solutions and Architecture team...I am the only person with the role of Designer, as they got rid of all the others last christmas). My email signature currently refers to my role as "Solutions Consultant", and when they do skills matrices I get the "Accounts Recievable" and "Finance" boxes ticked to go alongside that...
Not sure if the timing is good or not, but I had a bit of a rant at my new American boss just before Fishcon, pointing out that everyone else on my team was paid approximately twice what I'm on, which seems slightly unfair to me (this is based on gradings we have...I have a "work the hours" job grade aka MPG4 (Managerial or Professional Grade 4), while everyone else is on a more lucrative "work the job" (PTG, Professional Technical Grade) grade, which also includes perks such as company car, better bonus, better medical, better pension deal etc etc). To be fair she wasn't aware of this (I'm just a name and skillset to her, after all, combined into a funny accent on the end of the phone), and she has taken it to HR while I was at Fishcon, though I suspect they may well be busy in the next few months with kicking people out the door...
So, in summary, I have absolutely fuck-all idea what is going to happen...options are;
1) a P45, and probable commute to London with a new job
2) Fuck all
My money is on (2), as Yell loves a bit of status quo, and without being too arrogant I do fulfil a specific and fairly important niche in the overall scheme of things, so I'm probably not on THE LIST, though I also fully expect some bullshit from HR to come back about "current market conditions" and "benchmarked against equivalent roles", probably based on my in-accurate job description.