By Angela Strzyzewska.
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has published its most recent quarterly statistics, taking into account the period between April and December 2017 (inclusive).
As you may be aware, individuals in the UK are required to submit an early conciliation notification to ACAS if they wish to bring an Employment Tribunal claim.
Interestingly, of the early conciliation notifications submitted to ACAS during the period of these statistics, a settlement was achieved in just 17% of cases. In relation to those early conciliation notifications that did not result in a settlement, just 26% progressed to a Tribunal, and 58% did not.
The Guardian recently reported the potential for strike action at ACAS over workload and resources (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/19/conciliation-service-acas-faces-strikes-over-workload-and-resources ).
It is notable that the number of notifications being dealt with by ACAS has increased. Between April and July 2017, ACAS received approximately 1,700 notifications each week. However, this has now increased by approximately 500 notifications each week since the Supreme Court ruling on Employment Tribunal Fees confirmed that fees were unlawful.
As such, ACAS is now dealing with approximately 2,200 notifications each week.
The ACAS statistics are available to view at http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=6479
If you have any questions about these statistics, about ACAS early conciliation, or about any other employment law matters, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team on 0141 331 5150.