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Employment Tribunal statistics

The Ministry of Justice has published statistics on Employment Tribunal (ET) and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) activity for the period 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012.

Key findings relating to ETs include:

  • There were 186,300 claims accepted by ETs during 2011-12 , a 15% fall on the number received in the previous year, and 21% lower than the number in 2009-10.
  • In 2011-12 there were 59,200 single claims accepted (down by 2% on the previous year) and 127,100 multiple claims accepted (a fall of 19% on the number in 2010-11). The multiple claims were grouped into 5,200 actions, or ‘multiple claim cases’. This is a reduction on the 5,900 in 2010-11 and continues a recent downward trend.
  • Employment tribunals disposed of 110,800 claims during 2011-12, a fall of 10% when compared with the previous year, but in-line with the number of claims disposed of in 2009-10. The recent fall in disposals was seen in both single and multiple claims, with decreases of 6% and 14% respectively.

The main function of the Employment Appeal Tribunal is to hear appeals from decisions made by employment tribunals. An appeal must be on a point of law, i.e. it must identify flaws in the legal reasoning of the original decision. The figures show that:

  • In 2011-12, the EAT received 2,170 appeals and disposed of 2,220 appeals. This compares with 2,050 receipts and 2,000 disposals in 2010-11.
  • In EAT, 510 appeals were disposed of at a full hearing, as compared with 360 in 2010-11.

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0.

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