Latest Employment Tribunal Statistics

The latest Employment Tribunal (ET) statistics are in! Following the abolition of ET fees, the number of single claims received continues to rise.

Some key points for the quarter April to June 2018:

  • The number of single claims received by the ET increased by 165% compared to the same period in 2017.
  • The number of single claims outstanding rose by 130% compared to the same period in 2017. More employment judges are currently being recruited to help reduce the backlog.
  • The number of multiple claims received by the ET more than quadrupled, but in part due to one large multiple claim.

Since the introduction of the ET fee refund scheme, the scheme has made refund payments totalling over £10,000,000.

In 2017/18, disability discrimination claims received the largest average award (£30,700). Religion or belief discrimination claims received the lowest average award (£5,100). The average unfair dismissal award was £15,007.

Interestingly, nearly three quarters of claimants were represented by a lawyer or other representative in 2017/18. This figure is down from 86% in 2016/17.

Comment

The latest statistics evidence a continuing rise in the number of ET claims received following the abolition of ET fees. Whilst employers should not be alarmed, the statistics demonstrate that employees are showing a greater appetite for submitting a claim where they consider that they have been treated unfairly.

As a result, employers should think twice before short-circuiting relevant processes. They should also deal with any workplace issues promptly, ensuring that relevant documents are maintained to evidence any processes followed.

It remains increasingly likely that, where settlement is not reached, employees may take the view that they have nothing to lose by submitting a claim (if they consider that they have been treated unfairly). Any failures by employers to comply with relevant legal requirements are, therefore, more likely to be exposed.