Employment Tribunal Statistics for 2011/12

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The Ministry of Justice has recently published it’s report on employment tribunal and employment appeals tribunal statistics from April 2011 to March 2012 and have included details of compensation awards that have been made for successful unfair dismissal claims and discrimination claims. During this period, the median award for a successful unfair dismissal claim was £4,560. From 1st February, 2012, the cap on any compensatory award for unfair dismissal was increased to £72,300 but the Government is now proposing to reduce the level of compensatory award to a maximum of 12 months’ pay. There have still been some big payouts for discrimination claims including a staggering award of £4,445,023 for a race discrimination claim in Michalak v Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust but the median awards for discrimination claims were:
  • Sexual orientation – £13,505
  • Disability – £8,928
  • Sex – £6,746
  • Age – £6,065
  • Race – £5,256
  • Religion or belief – £4,267
The figures show a steady decrease in the number of claims being brought to the employment tribunals of 21% over the past three years as follows:
  • 2009/2010 – 236,100
  • 2010/2011 – 218,100
  • 2011/2012 – 186,300
If you fancy reading the full report, click here

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