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Tribunal service publish 2008/9 employment tribunal figures


Tribunal service publish 2008/9 employment
tribunal figures

Tribunals Service has eventually published the final version of the employment
tribunal statistics for 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009. Key figures show major
increases in claims for unfair dismissal (up 29%), breach of contract (up 31%)
and redundancy pay (up 48%).

2008/9 figures show an overall decrease in the number of claims and an increase
in the number of disposals. Key findings are as follows:

  • Employment
    Tribunals accepted 151,000 claims in 2008/9, a decrease of 20% on the 2007/8
    figure of 189,300.
  • When
    the jurisdictional mix of the claims is considered (more than one jurisdiction
    in a single claim), there were 266,500 accepted jurisdictional cases, down by
    10% on the 2007/8 figure of 297,000.
  • There
    were rises in cases for unfair dismissal (up 29%); breach of contract (up 31%);
    redundancy pay (up 48%) and redundancy.
  • The
    Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) received 1,794 appeals compared to 1,841 in
  • The
    median award for unfair dismissal was £4,269.
  • The
    median awards in discrimination claims were: (i) £5,172 for race; (ii) £7,000
    for sex; (iii) £7,226 for disability; (iv) £4,291 for religion; (v) £15,351 for
    sexual orientation; and (vi)£3,000 for age.
  • The
    median award for costs was £1,000, with the maximum being £25,000.



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