Employment Tribunal Statistics 2012

For those of you who are interested in such things, the annual Employment Tribunal annual statistics are now available.  In any event it is always useful to be aware of the potential costs of a claim!  Some of the figures below are very high, reiterating the fact that employment law is a minefield, so wherever possible always seek advice from our dedicated HR team.

The annual statistics are published each September by the HM Courts & Tribunals Service,  which illustrate the nature of activity before the employment tribunals in the 12-month period between the beginning of April and the end of the following March.

The latest annual statistics for April 2011 to March 2012 were published in September 2012 and are set out below:

Average awards

The following highest, mean and median awards were made by the tribunals:

2011/2012 Highest award Mean Award *
Unfair dismissal £173,408 £9,133
Race discrimination £4,445,023 £102,259
Sex discrimination £89,700 £9,940
Disability discrimination £390,871 £22,183
Religious discrimination £59,522 £16,725
Sexual orientation discrimination £27,473 £14,623
Age discrimination £144,100 £19,327

The figures below are for the period 2010/2011 and therefore give a comparison as to how the figures can both increase and decrease in the different areas:

2010/2011 Highest award Mean award *
Unfair dismissal £181,754 £8,924
Race discrimination £62,530 £12,108
Sex discrimination £289,167 £13,911
Disability discrimination £181,083 £14,137
Religious discrimination £20,221 £8,515
Sexual orientation discrimination £47,633 £11,671
Age discrimination £144,100 £30,289

(*The mean award is calculated by finding the total value of all awards made over the year and dividing by the number of cases in which awards were made)