I spoke to a former work colleague during the week. Unsurprisingly I was curious about recent developments at my former place of employment. I was told that a review that was underway when I was left had been completed. One of the key recomendations is that everyone be interviewed regarding their suitability. The successful ones would keep their post, the rest would go to "redeployment". A staff reduction of about 15% is expected (although further cuts are inevitable to meet this savings required in the Spending Review).
If this is actually the case then I can only imagine what staff morale is like. Myself, if I had stayed on, I probably would have been vulnerable - not because of my competence (I was very good at my job) but because of ongoing health problems.
I decide to jump (as did quite a few others) when the terms were still decent rather than be pushed on far less favourable terms. I think I did the right thing