2008 Survey Of Employment Tribunal Applications

31 March 2010

The 2008 Survey of Employment Tribunal Applications (SETA) aims to provide information on the characteristics of the parties in employment tribunal cases and the key features of such cases.  Previous surveys took place in 1987, 1992, 1998 and 2003.

Some interesting statistics to come out of the report are:

Just over a third of claimants presented the case themselves (34%), whilst 22% of employers presented the case themselves.
An appeal to the EAT was made in 14% of cases which involved a decision at a full tribunal hearing. Where such an appeal was made, almost 57% were by claimants and 40% were by employers.

58% of cases were settled (39% through Acas and 19% privately). 12% of claimants were successful at tribunal and 8% were unsuccessful. 15% of cases were withdrawn. The remaining 8% of cases were dismissed or disposed of or had another outcome.

36% of claimants said that the case had caused them stress and depression. These were the most common non-financial negative effects mentioned by claimants.

The full report can be found here.