Employment Tribunal Statistics

The Ministry of Justice have recently released the quarterly employment tribunal statistics for October to December 2013. The statistics show that there was a 79% drop (when compared to the same period in 2012) in the number of applications lodged. There was also a drop in the number of single claims from a monthly average of 4,000 – 5,000 down to 1,700.

The statistics show that there has been a 75% drop from the July to September 2013 quarter. However, it is worth noting that the July to September quarter was slightly skewed by the rush to bring claims prior to employment tribunal fees being introduced in July 2013.

The introduction of employment tribunal fees has been cited as the main cause in the reduction in the number of claims being brought.  On the basis of the most recent statistics, the total for 2013/14 may even be lower than the number of applications lodged prior to the recession where, in 2005/06, the total number of claims was 115,039.
Chris Bains