In my 19-year working career, I have only been made redundant once. “Please put your office key and company credit on the table, and you will need to leave the building within the next hour.” It was the entire office staff and we went to the pub at 11am. I wasn’t actually that upset as I got a pay-off and went to Australia and New Zealand for two months. This was long before I had children and a mortgage so I simply shrugged it off.
In the London Review of Books, Colin Robinson recounts being laid off by a large publisher back in December. It’s an interesting piece. There must be an awful lot of ex-publishing staffers thinking about becoming freelancers right now.