I am involved with a company that is intending to purchase stock control software. They have been concerned for a while that the Stock Controller is not fully occupied and once the software is installed they believe there will no longer be sufficient work to even warrant a part time contract. Hence they are considering making the position redundant.

Our understanding is that the role is identified as at risk of redundancy and then an employee is selected from a pool of candidates. But are unsure how the pool of candidates would be formed.

This is a manufacturing environment with a small clerical team and then the skilled workforce. The Stock Controller is part of the factory workforce and is the only unskilled member of that team, remainder of the workforce are professionally qualified and whilst other employees can do his job he can not do theirs.

Can the pool of candidates contain just the one employee or do the company have to put at least one other worker in the pool to demonstrate a fair process?