12 July, 2013
Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has now published the latest quarterly employment statistics for the period of January 2013 to March 2013, which also include the annual statistics for the 2012-2013 financial year. A look at the statistics reveals:
A review of the number of claims accepted for different jurisdictions in 2012-2013 notably revealed:
The also Tribunal experienced a 36% increase in the number of cases received in the January-March 2013 period, when compared with statistics from the preceding year. The figures show an increase in claims brought under the Working Time Regulations and Working Time Directive, which accounted for over a third of all claims. Unfair dismissal accounted for 11% of claims, whilst unauthorised deductions accounted for 16% of all claims.
The Employment Tribunals disposed of 27,778 claims during the first quarter of the year, which signifies a 3% decrease that the number of cases dealt with at the start of 2012. Of those cases disposed of by Employment Tribunals in 2012/2013, the average aim of claim at the time of disposal was 80 weeks. However, the results of the fourth quarter show that on average, that equal pay and race & sex discrimination claims took over 4 years to clear. Jonathan Holden, an Employment Law specialist at Forbes solicitors, states he will be intrigued to see if these trends continue into later this year:
"The impact of the introduction of Tribunal Fees later this month is yet to be seen. We can only hope that this move will result in the reduction of spurious claims, allowing the Tribunal to focus its resources on expediting processing times for existing claims, to everyone's benefit."