Posted: Saturday 23 June 2012
Every year the Tribunals Service publishes statistics on the number and nature of Employment Tribunal claims which have been raised.
This year’s statistics (covering the period from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012) are now
available, showing a significant fall (15%) in Employment Tribunal claims.
During the 12 month period April 2011 to March 2012 the ET received 186,300 claims.
Figures for previous years are as follows:-
2010-11 - 218,100 claims
2009-10 - 236,100 claims
2008-09 - 151,000 claims
The Government are determined to reduce the number of Employment Tribunal claims and the steps they have taken such as increasing the qualifying period for raising a Tribunal claim from 1 to 2 years plus the future planned steps including Tribunal fees for Claimants, early ACAS conciliation and simplified settlement discussions/agreements are likely to result in a drop in the number of claims going to the Tribunal over the coming years. How significant the drop is remains to be seen.
The figures showing Employment Tribunal award trends will be published in a couple of months time. I will blog on these figures as soon as they are available but, for the time being, you can see the figures published last year at the following link -