The Employment Tribunals Service (ETS) today published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2004-05 (1st April 2004 to 31st March 2005).
Key findings include:
- 86,181 claims registered, compared with 115,042 the previous year. This decrease of 25% is mainly due to fewer multiple cases;
- 1,038 cost orders made, with 283 in favour of the claimant, and 755 in favour of the respondent. This is similar to the 976 costs awards the previous year. The median cost award was £1,000;
- average compensation remains low. The median award for unfair dismissal, including the basic award, was £3,476. The median for discrimination (depending on the type of discrimination) was between £6,200 and £7,500;
- the cost of running the employment tribunal service last year was £69,770,000. This is equivalent to £809 for each application lodged.
It is unclear how the new statutory dismissal and grievance procedures, and the new procedural rules, have impacted on the number of claims being admitted, as the new rules came into force half-way through the year to which these figures relate. The opening summary states that they have "increased pre-hearing activity for both administrators and judiciary"
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