by Laurie Anstis on January 20, 2013
The latest employment tribunal statistics were published at the end of last week. They cover the period from July – September 2012, which is Q2 for the tribunal’s year 2012 – 2013. The full report is here and the accompanying tables are here.
First, a look at the headine figures – the number of claims lodged. These are now broken down into single and multiple claims. Single claims in this context means that a claim is being brought by a single employee, and multiple means that more than one employee is bringing the same claim against an employer. Multiple claims have a tendancy to distort the overall figures, since if 1,000 workers for the same local authority all bring equal pay claims they will be counted in the statistics as being 1,000 claims, even thought they might be treated for most other purposes as just being one big claim.
Single claims seem to be on a slight downward trend, and multiple claims go up and down without any apparent pattern.
What about the claims themselves? What follows is an edited chart showing the statistics for the tribunal claims that tend to attract the most attention. The chart omits claims under the Working Time Regulations and claims for unpaid wages, both of which are significant, but which tend not to attract much attention.
Broadly speaking, most claims seem to be on a pretty level path. Redundancy pay and equal pay claims seem to be going down slightly, and sex discrimination claims may be up a bit. The most surprising thing for me in the new statistics is what seems to be a sudden jump in unfair dismissal claims. Against a previous steady or even downwards trend, they jumped by 50% against the previous quarter. Anyone got any ideas what might have caused that jump?
The full report is well worth reading, and contains a lot more information than in earlier years, including the disposal times for various types of claim.