Monday 5 September 2011

Annual Employment Tribunal Statistics

[Thanks to Jahad Rahman of Kervin & Barnes Solicitors for preparing this case summary]

The ET and EAT statistics for 2010-2011 have been published and can be found here.

They show an 8% fall in claims received when compared with 2010 but a 9% rise in the number of cases disposed of. The number of single claims received has fallen 15% and the number of multiple claims has fallen 4%.

Whilst the number of unfair dismissal and redundancy pay claims has fallen slightly, claims under the Part Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations almost trebled and Age Discrimination claims have risen 32%.

With regard to compensation, the median award for unfair dismissal was £4,591. The medians for discrimination claims were around £5,000-£6,500 (excluding age where the median award was £12,697). The highest award for unfair dismissal was £181,754. This is in excess of the statutory cap and it is likely that the dismissal was related to a complaint of whistleblowing or health and safety. The highest award for discrimination was £289,167 (sex) compared with £729,347 (disability) in 2009-2010.

The statistics also reveal a slight increase in the number of appeals received by the EAT, while the number of appeals disposed of at a full hearing fell by comparison with 2009-2010.

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