The Ministry of Justice has released its annual report on the activity of the Employment Tribunal and EAT for the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012. A brief summary of what was reported is detailed below:

  • A total of 186,300 claims were accepted by the Employment Tribunal during 2011 – 2012, which represents a 15% reduction in the number of claims received in the previous year.
  • There was a 2% reduction of single claims accepted (claims brought by an individual against an employer) and a 19% fall of accepted multiple claims. These results confirm the downward trend identified in 2009 of the reduced number of claims reaching and being accepted by the tribunal.
  • There was also a fall in both single and multiple claim disposals during 2011 – 2012.
  • Of the 2,309 claims which included unfair dismissal elements, the average award was £9,133, with the maximum award being £173,408. (Please note that since 1 February 2012 the maximum award was limited to £72,300, however awards higher than this may include a basic award or ancillary claims that are not subject to the cap).
  • Cases which involved race discrimination jurisdictions were reported as receiving the highest average award at £102,259.
  • It was reported that the highest cost order awarded for 2011 – 2012 was £36,466, which was subject to a detailed assessment by the County Court.