Tribunal Statistics: Claims Rise, Awards Fall

Wednesday 10th October 2018

The Ministry of Justice has published its annual employment tribunal statistics for 2017/18. Since the abolition of tribunal fees in July 2017 there has unsurprisingly been a sharp increase in the number of claims making their way before a tribunal.

Single claim receipts (e.g. unfair dismissal, sex discrimination) brought in the quarter April-June 2018 rose 165% against the same period last year. Across the year 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 a total of 109,685 employment tribunal applications were received. The figure in 2017 was 88,461, representing an increase of 24%.

Interestingly, the number of claims awarded compensation by the tribunals fell almost 10% from 745 to 672 with the average value of awards also falling. In what we trust is unrelated news, the percentage of unrepresented claimants was down to 74% in 2017/18, from 86% in 2016/17.