BIS had today published its findings from the Survey of Employent Tribunal applications. About 2000 employee sand 200 employers were interviewed. Here are some of the key findings:

  • 79% of small employers had not been involved with a tribunal claim over the last two years
  • although the employees surveyed issued their claims before fees were introduced, 49% said that paying an issue fee would have influenced their decision to issue proceedings (mainly those with lower salaries or unlawful deductions claims)
  • 67% of employers use a representative at the hearing, whereas only 33% of Claimants use a representative
  • 79% of cases in which an offer was made resulted in settlement. The opening offer was made by the employer (rather than employee) 61% of the time
  • 17% of claims went to a full hearing (remember this is cases issued before fees were introduced)
  • the median tribunal award was £3,000, and the median level of expected award (by Claimants) was £4,000
  • 87% of employers said the award had been paid, whereas just 63% of Claimants said they had received the money of those who paid for legal or professional advice, the median amount paid was £3,000
  • 72% of claims were against private sector employers (broadly similar to the 69% of people who work in the private sector).