Official 2011/12 employment tribunal figures from the Tribunals Service paint a more accurate picture than you will get from Government advisers and some sections of the media (on the Daily Telegraph website). What are the key points of the employment tribunal statistics included in the Tribunals Service's annual report?
1. There's been a decrease from 236,100 in 2009/10 to 218,100 in 2010/11 and decrease again to 186,300 in 2011/12.
2. That means the overall number of claims being brought in employment tribunals has decreased by 15% from the previous 12 months.
3. Although that looks like a big drop, that's mostly accounted for by a 19% fall in multiple claims.
4. There has been a drop of 2% in single claims.
5. The number of jurisdictional complaints was 321,800 in 2011-12, meaning that there were on average 1.73 jurisdictional complaints per claim.
6. There were 46,300 unfair dismissal claims, a slight drop from the previous year, which saw 47,900 claims.
7. Employment tribunals disposed of 110,800 claims during 2011/12, 10% fewer than in 2010/11.
8. 75% of single claims were disposed of within 32 weeks or less.
9. The number of claims for failure to inform and consult in a TUPE situation has risen from 1,900 in 2010/11 to 2,600 in 2011/12.
10. The Ministry of Justice will publish more detailed statistics on employment tribunals and the EAT on 20 September.