The MOJ has published the latest quarterly Employment Tribunal statistics for October to December 2013. The results are quite dramatic and unlike the previous quarter statistics (July to September 2013) there is no “skewing” effect from those who rush to lodge Employment Tribunal claims before the introduction of fees in July 2013.

There was a 79% drop (compared with the same period in 2012) in the number of applications lodged. The number of single claims has dropped from a monthly average of between 4000-5000 down to 1700 which represents a drop of about 63%. Therefore these statistics would tend to suggest that the Government’s initial plan when introducing Employment Tribunal fees namely a reduction in the amount of fees has certainly worked. Detailed below are some other interesting statistics from the latest set of figures:

The Employment Tribunal disposed of 34767 claims during the period of October to December 2013 36% higher than the same period of 2012. This represents an increase of 19% on the number of cases disposed of in the same period in 2012 and is the highest volume of disposals since this data was first started to be gathered in 2008.
At the end of December 2013 there were just under 600000 claims remaining in the Employment Tribunal system. The number of claims received in the period October to December 2013 was 9801 – 75% fewer than the previous quarter.

Ultimately these statistics only prove that the Government’s major aim with the introduction of fees (the reduction of the number of claims to be submitted) is working. My own belief is that the reduction in genuine claims is perhaps not as severe as the statistics would leave us to believe. When it was free to submit a claim this did leave the Tribunal system open to abuse by former employees with perhaps weak claims but looking to use the submission of a claim as leverage against their former employers. Therefore I would suggest that these types of claims have dropped off and therefore the number in the reduction of genuine claims is slightly skewed by this.

Author: Ian Abel

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