Opinion

Tribunal claims on the wane

According to a recent set of statistics published by the Ministry of Justice, Employment Tribunal claims over the period April 2010 to March 2011 are down by 8 per cent to 218,100. Not bad at first glance. However, when compared to 2008/9's figures, the number of claims is still 44 per cent higher.

Other numbers worth noting from the statistics include unfair dismissal claims falling by 16.5 per cent to 47,000 in 2010/11 and redundancy claims down 16 per cent to 16000. Equal pay claims also falling 7.5 per cent to 34,600 in 2010/11.

Interestingly, of all the claims made, only 12 per cent were successful whilst 32 per cent were withdrawn and 29 per cent were mediated by ACAS. However, the average award was up from £1,000 in 2009/10 to £1,273 in 2010/11 and further, age discrimination claims rose 30 per cent to 6,800 in 2010/11.

What do the statistics show? Avoid a tribunal if appropriate and possible - whilst you may not lose the case, it'll still take up valuable management time. 

This was first published in October 2011

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