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Employment Tribunals Service: Standards

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 44177, tabled on 7 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the longest waiting time was between (a) an application for an employment tribunal and (b) the date of the first hearing in each of the last 10 years.

Answered on

15 September 2021

Period

The maximum time (weeks) from receipt to first hearing

Single Claims 1

Multiple Claims 2

1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021

685

743

1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020

528

629

1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019

560

407

1st April 2017 - 31st March 2018

406

682

1st April 2016 - 31st March 2017

330

704

1st April 2015 - 31st March 2016

1063

530

1st April 2014- 31st March 2015

374

426

1st April 2013 - 31st March 2014

953

390

1st April 2012 - 31st March 2013

281

573

1st April 2011 - 31st March 2012

869

865

The figures in the table are high but could be attributed to a handful of cases which have been incorrectly recorded. We are unable to do a manual check as files are only retained for twelve months.

NOTES relating to the above data.

1 Single claims are made by a sole employee/worker, relating to alleged breaches of employment rights.

2 Multiple claims are where two or more people bring proceedings arising out of the same facts, usually against a common employer. In this instance the lead multiple claim would be listed for hearing. This table provides the maximum listing time for both single and lead multiple claim cases.

Data is taken from a live management information system and can change over time. Data provided is management information and therefore not subject to the same level of checks as official statistics.

The data provided is the most recent available and for that reason might differ from any previously published information.

Data has not been cross referenced with case files.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale case management system and is the best data that is available.