Employment Tribunal Claims soared by 56% in 2009/10 over 2008/9 figures according to statistics from the Tribunal Service. Actions brought by multiple claimants saw the biggest rise at 90% which had the largest impact on the total claims in the system.  These are typically the sort of claims brought by unions such as multiple equal pay claims and the 10,600 claims brought by airline pilots relating to the Working Time Directive.

However claims from single claimants, still rose by 14% and unsuprisingly given the recession claims for redundancy pay almost doubled to 19,000. Unfair dismissal claims rose to 57,400 up 9% and breach of contract claims to 42,400 up 29%.  Claims for all types of discrimination rose except sex discrimination where the claims fell slightly.