HM Courts & Tribunals Service has published statistics for employment tribunals and the EAT from April 2010 to March 2011 that show an 8% decrease in the number of claims issued compared to the same period last year, and a 9% increase in the number of settlements.

The figures also show a decline in the number of unfair dismissal and redundancy claims which may be a consequence of the improving economic climate, although claims under the Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 have nearly tripled and age discrimination claims have risen by 32%.  Age discrimination awards have proved to be the highest of all discrimination awards, averaging £12,697 compared to £5,000 to £6,000 for other claims.

When considered in light of the reported 56% increase in claims last year, these figures still represent an increase of 44% compared to 2008/2009.