The Ministry of Justice has now published the Employment Tribunal Statistics for the period April to June 2018. Unsurprisingly, the number of single claims received at the Employment Tribunal has continued to rise, more than doubling in this quarter. The main points arising from this quarter’s statistics are as follows:
- The number of single claims lodged increased by 165% compared with the same quarter last year (given that Tribunal fees were abolished in July 2017, this is a reliable figure as April to June 2017 was the last full quarter when fees were in force);
- The number of single claims outstanding rose by 130% compared with the same quarter last year and we understand that HM Courts and Tribunal Service is in the process of recruiting more employment judges which will help reduce the backlog in the medium to longer term;
- Disability discrimination cases had the largest average award (£30,700) compared to other discrimination jurisdictions, while Religious discrimination had the lowest average award (£5,100);
- The average award for unfair dismissal awards was £15,007;
- The Tribunal has also made 12,400 fee refund payments as at 30 June 2018, with a total value of £10.6m.