I usually find that statistics are a great cure for insomnia, but you might find some of these interesting. They are from the report for the year 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009.

Employment Tribunal awards for cases with various jurisdictions were as below:-

  Maximum Median Average
Unfair Dismissal 84,005 4269 7959
Race Discrimination 1,353,432 5172 32,115
Sex Discrimination 113,106 7000 11,025
Disability Discrimination 388,612 7226 27,235
Age Discrimination 90,031 3000 8,869

The average number of jurisdictions per claim rose very slightly from 1.7 to 1.8. What this means in simple terms is people claiming for Breach of Contract in addition to Unfair Dismissal for example.

If you have not issued contracts to any staff, do remember that this failure will lead to an extra award of between two and four weeks’ pay.

People often ask if they can claim costs or if costs are likely to be awarded against them. Costs are rarely awarded, and usually where one party or the other has been totally unreasonable in some way. For the year in question costs were awarded in only 367 cases – 102 to Claimant and 265 to Respondents (employers).

The figures quoted above clearly do not include the cost of representation at employment tribunal; such costs being payable whether you win or lose. Insurance is available against these costs and is remarkably affordable. Please contact me for further details.

If you would like me to forward a copy of the full report, please ask me to do so by e-mail. You may also want to consider whether you should get out more!