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Annual employment tribunal statistics published

The Ministry of Justice has recently released the annual tribunal statistics for the year 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. These reveal that the number of employment tribunal claims has gone up to 191,541 – an increase of 3% on the previous year. Each claim had an average of 1.7 specific complaints (unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract etc.), with the 191,541 claim forms containing 332,859 complaints between them.

The statistics include a breakdown showing that:

  • By far the largest category of claim was breach of the Working Time Regulations, accounting for 30% of total complaints;
  • The largest increase from 2011/12 was in sex discrimination, which saw the number of claims go up from 10,783 to 18,814, an increase of 74%;
  • Claims for failure to consult and inform under TUPE went down by 39%, but claims for failing to consult and inform in a redundancy situation went up by the same percentage;
  • 49,036 unfair dismissal claims were received, 15% of the total and an increase of 6% on last year;
  • The number of age discrimination claims fell by 24%, from 3715 to 2818;
  • Discrimination claims on the grounds of religion or belief, and on the grounds of sexual orientation, stayed at the same low levels seen last year (979 and 639 claims respectively in 2012/13 compared with 939 and 613 in 2011/12).

It will be interesting to see how the figures will be affected by the introduction of the new employment tribunal fee system on 29 July 2013. Whilst it might be anticipated that we will see a spike of claims in the last few days before the new regime, will the fees put potential claimants off to the extent that the number of claims drops significantly? This remains to be seen, but next year’s statistics are sure to make interesting reading.

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