Employment Tribunal Statistics (Ministry of Justice Gov.uk)
22nd April, 2013
Between October and December 2012, Employment Tribunals received 42,603 claims in total – 24 per cent fewer than in the same quarter of 2011/12. The decrease was driven by a reduction in claims under Working Time Directive, which reduced 44 per cent, and accounted for 25 per cent of claims.
There were 25,305 disposals made by Employment Tribunals – a 10 per cent decrease on the number for the same quarter of 2011/12. The number of single disposed claims decreased by four per cent, whilst those for multiple claims decreased by 16 per cent.
Annual statistics 2011-2012
The statistics for the year 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 include details for four new Tribunals which joined HMCTS during the year and cases which were not input onto Employment Tribunals IT systems.
- There were 739,600 receipts or claims to all tribunals during 2011-12 (i.e. during the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012). This was a fall of 12% compared to the previous year.
- Receipts had been increasing since 2006-07, reaching a peak in 2010-11 and have now fallen. If multiple claims to Employment Tribunals are excluded, the number of cases received in 2011-12 was 10% fewer than in the previous year.
- Recent falls in the number of receipts were seen in all of the three largest Tribunals, with the largest fall for Social Security and Child Support Appeals (SSCS). Between 2010-11 and 2011-12, the number of receipts to SSCS fell by 47,700 or 11%; to Employment Tribunals by 31,800 or 15%; and to Immigration and Asylum by 24,300 or 18%.
- There were 732,600 cases disposed of during 2011-12, an increase of over 1% on the number in 2010-11 and continuing an upward trend since 2007-08. Disposals are now at their highest ever levels. The largest increase was for SSCS where the number of disposals rose by 53,400 or 14% in the last year.
- For all tribunals combined, there were more cases received than cases disposed of during the course of 2011-12. The caseload outstanding as at 31 March 2012 was 756,100 – less than 1% higher than the 751,300 figure recorded at the same point in 2011. Although this is a continuation of an upward trend, the rate of increase appears to have slowed.
- Although the caseload outstanding has risen overall, there have been falls for many Tribunals. Compared with the caseload outstanding at 31 March 2011, it has fallen in the last year – by 32% for Immigration and Asylum (continuing the downward trend); by 25% for Social Security and Child Support; by 7% for single ET claims.
- For those tribunals for which information was available, overall, there was a 12% increase in the number of days sat in tribunals by judges, to reach 222,800 in 2011-12.
- Employment Tribunals (ET) received an overall total of 186,300 claims during 2011-12, a 15% fall compared to the previous year. When compared with 2010-11 data, there were falls both in single and multiple claims of 2% and 19% respectively.
- The number of jurisdictional complaints was 321,800 in 2011-12, meaning that there were on average 1.73 jurisdictional complaints per claim.
- There were 110,800 disposals during 2011-12, which was 10% fewer than in the previous year. Falls were seen in both single and multiple claims, of 6% and 14% respectively.
- Between 2010-11 and 2011-12, there was a fall in the caseload outstanding for single claims of 7%, continuing a downward trend seen since 2009-10.
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