The maximum unfair dismissal compensatory award increased from £68,400 to £72,300 with effect from 1st February 2012. However, the award is based on several factors including loss of (net) earnings, estimate of how long it will take to gain new employment, and at what earnings level, age of Claimant, length of service etc.. So, the average unfair dismissal compensatory award in 2008/9 was £7,959. This figure excludes costs of representation.