ACAS Annual Report: Employment tribunal claims on the rise
Employment Tribunal Statistics 2018
Provisional employment tribunal statistics have been published by the Ministry of Justice for April to June 2018.
These provide further indication of the impact of the abolition of tribunal fees. It is, as predicted, quite stark.
The latest quarterly statistics reveal that single-claim receipts are, for the first time, higher than the level when fees were first introduced in July to September 2013.
They also reveal that:
- Receipts in single-claim cases are up 165% to 10,996 compared with the same period in 2017 (when fees still applied).
- Receipts in multiple claims quadrupled up by 344% to 42,700 (a large airline claim accounting for 23,000 of the claims). The 42,700 individual claims fall within 716 multiple cases up from 317 cases in the same period a year ago.
- There has been a 130% rise for single claims and a 34% increase for multiple claims in the ‘outstanding caseload’ pending before tribunals.
- Between the launch of the fee refund scheme in October 2017 and 30 June 2018, 14,500 applications for refunds were received and 12,400 refund payments made with a total value of £10,615,000.
- Disability discrimination cases had the largest average award (30,700), Religious discrimination claims had the lowest average award (£5,100). The average award for unfair dismissal awards was £15,007.
Full statistics can be found at Gov.uk.
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