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Employment Tribunals Service: Finance

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average estimated cost of an employment tribunal case is to (a) an employee, (b) an employer and (c) the state. (148095)

The survey of employment tribunal applications 2003 estimated that the mean paid cost of advice and representation for all applicants was £445, while for those applicants who said they had paid for advice and representation it was £2,493. Mean non-advice related costs of a tribunal case to applicants (travel, communications and loss of earnings) were £4,553.

For all employers, the mean paid costs of advice and representation were £1,491, while for those employers who said they had paid for advice and representation it was £4,362. In addition, employers said they spent an average of 9.8 days (mean) or four days (median) on tribunal cases.

The average cost to the Exchequer of an employment tribunal application is around £606 (based on figures for 2005-06).