Latest employment tribunal statistics for unfair dismissal and discrimination claims
The latest employment tribunal statistics for unfair dismissal and discrimination claims have been published by the Ministry of Justice which cover the period from April to June 2018. The headlines are as follows:
- There has been a 34% increase in claims compared to the same period in 2017;
- The outstanding caseload for the tribunal has increased by 24% and currently stands at 586,800 cases
- The number of single claims received by an employment tribunal continues to rise following the abolition of employment tribunal fees. The latest statistics states that the number of claims received has increased by 165% compared to the same period last year. There has also been a huge increase in multiple tribunal claims which have increased by 344%. This is however largely due to a large multiple airline claim.
- So far a total of £10.6 million has been refunded for tribunal fees paid before they were abolished;
- Average awards in disability discrimination claims were £30,700 and received greater awards than other discrimination claims.
- The average award in an unfair dismissal claim was £15,007.
- Interestingly, fewer awards were made last year than in previous years – despite the increase in the number of claims, tribunals only made awards in 536 unfair dismissal claims and 136 discrimination claims (compared with 587 and 158 the previous year)
It was expected that there would be a steady increase in claims following the abolition of tribunal fees but what the latest statistics do show is that we have not yet reached the number of claims that were seen prior to 2013. It is therefore anticipated that the number of tribunal claims will continue to increase over the next few years.
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