PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 July, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 July, 2002, 12:00am

These days no job is safe. But how do you know the axe is about to swing? Stay one jump ahead with SAR's handy guide to detecting When You Are About To Get Fired.

? There are TV cameras outside your place of work.

? Instead of your secretary, you are met by a man from immigration.

? Your wage packet is twice as big as usual.

? The security guard approaches you with a smile and a neatly folded bin bag.

? Neither your security card nor computer password works.

? Colleagues avoid eye contact.

? You ask your boss for a sabbatical and he says: 'I am glad you raised the subject ?'

? Your manager explains 'new accounting procedures' require you to put all the takings in a big pillowcase in the boot of his car.

? Your company is making record profits according to audits by Arthur Andersen.

? Your boss was described by Time magazine as 'boy genius'.

? Colleagues get internal phone calls in alphabetical order, silently disappear, and return saying nothing.