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Posted 21 March 2016
by Stephen Jennings

Employment Tribunal Quarterly Statistics Published

On 10 March 2016 the Ministry of Justice published the employment tribunal quarterly statistics for the period October to December 2015. During this period, the tribunals recorded a 4% increase in new claims and a 74% decrease in disposals compared to the same period the previous year. The reason for this significant decrease in disposals was due to the ending of a large multiple claims case which contained 244,000 claims in the period October to December 2014.

The average clearance time of a single claim was 29 weeks, which was 24 weeks less than in the same period the year before, and the average clearance time for multiple claim cases was 196 weeks, down from 205 in the previous year.

During this period, 4,338 single claims were received, an increase of just 3 cases compared to the same period the year before. The number of single claims received has been gradually declining following the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees in July 2013, and as a result of the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) introducing mandatory Early Conciliation in 2014. The number of multiple claims received was 13,546, a decrease of 7% on the same period in 2014.

Of the employment tribunal cases, 17% were for equal pay, 14% were related to the Working Time Directive and 14% were for unfair dismissal. Age discrimination disposals were down 54% on the same period the previous year, and Redundancy Pay issues were down 40%.

The statistics showed that when considering the outcomes of employment tribunal disposals in October to December 2015, the largest proportion were ‘ACAS Conciliated Settlements’ accounting for 27% of disposed employment claims and 26% were withdrawn.

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Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

Partner in the litigation department specialising in employment law, he is the relationship manager for many of the firm's employment clients