Employment tribunals from July to September 2011: number of single claims holds steady

The Ministry of Justice has published statistics on the Tribunals Service’s caseload for the three months to 30 September 2011 (PDF format, 410K) (on its website), including numbers on employment tribunal claims.

From July to September 2011, employment tribunals received 40,300 cases, a 30% decrease in overall claims to employment tribunals, compared to the same quarter of the previous year. The number of single claims decreased slightly (by 1%), while the number of multiple claims went down by 41% and was affected by the number of resubmitted airline cases received in July to September 2010.

Between 1 July and 30 September 2011, 58,700 jurisdictional claims were disposed of (a small fall from the 59,100 disposed of in the same period of the previous year). There were notable increases in the numbers of disposals associated with redundancy pay and equal pay, and an increase in age discrimination disposals. Of the 58,700 claims disposed of:

  • 39% were for unfair dismissal, breach of contract or redundancy;
  • 17% were associated with unauthorised deductions;
  • 16% were for equal pay; and
  • 15% were for working time breaches.

Of the total jurisdictions disposed of during July to September 2011:

  • 30% were conciliated by Acas;
  • 27% were withdrawn; and
  • 10% were successful at hearing.

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