Ministry of Justice publishes annual Employment Tribunal statistics
The Ministry of Justice has published statistics for the financial year from April 2017 to March 2018.
During this period the employment tribunals accepted a total of 109,685 claims (up from 88,476 during the previous year). Although this total represents a 24% increase, it still only amounts to 57% of the total figure of 191,451 for claims received in 2012-12, the last complete year before fees were introduced. However, this year's annual figures still include a period prior to the Supreme Court's decision to abolish fees on 26 July 2018, so it is likely that the number of claims will increase in 2018-2019.
Compensation figures reveal that awards were made in only 536 unfair dismissal claims (compared to 587 in 2016-17) and in 136 discrimination cases (compared to 158 cases in 2016-17). Disability discrimination cases had the largest average award (£30,700), while religious discrimination claims had the lowest average award (£5,100). The average award for unfair dismissal was £15,007.
In the meantime from April to June 2018, single claim receipts, disposals and outstanding caseload all increased (by 165%, 56% and 130% respectively), when compared to the same period last year.
There have been 12,400 fee refund payments made since the fee refund scheme was introduced, totalling just over £10m.
This article is taken from HR Law - October 2018.