Service statistics

Acas early conciliation and employment tribunal data quarter 1 (April to June 2020)

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Table 1: Early conciliation notifications by track for quarter 1 (April to June) 2020

Table 1: employee notifications

  April May June Total
Fast track 2,531 2,995   3,724    9,250
Standard track 2,032 1,921   2,427    6,380
Open track 3,353 2,184   2,827    8,364
No track 1,066 1,018   1,391    3,475
All 8,982 8,157 10,369  27,508

Table 1: employer notifications

  April May June Total
Fast track   74   30   39 143
Standard track 146 117 228 491
Open track   25   22   57 104
No track    0     0    0     0
All 245 169 324 738

Table 1: total notifications

Early conciliation notifications can be individual or made on behalf of groups of employees. Acas received a larger number of group notifications during this period than in previous years.

  April May June Total
Employee 8,982 8,157 10,369 27,508
Employer    245    169      324     738
Total 9,227 8,326 10,693 28,246

More than 1,150 group notifications, covering more than 77,000 individuals, are included in the total shown in 'Table 1: employee notifications'. This means notifications between April 2020 and June 2020 covered 105,000 individuals.

Note on 'track'

Acas records indicative jurisdictions against cases received. Many cases involve multiple jurisdictions so we use 'track' to categorise cases by jurisdiction.

Cases are confined exclusively to 1 of the 3 tracks, because we decide the track by the highest jurisdiction in the case:

  • 'fast track' cases mostly relate to monetary issues, such as unpaid wages
  • 'standard track' must contain unfair dismissal or a related jurisdiction
  • 'open track' cases contain at least 1 discrimination or disclosure-type jurisdiction
  • 'no track' is when Acas has not yet identified any relevant jurisdictions

Table 2: Employment tribunal cases by track for quarter 1 (April to June) 2020

Table 2: employment tribunal (ET1) cases received

  April June July Total
Fast track    456    542   564 1,557
Standard track    569    653   884 2,099
Open track    748    816 1,004 2,556
Total 1,773 2,011 2,452 6,236

Notes

Due to the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the employment tribunal service, there are significant delays in employment tribunal cases reaching Acas. The apparent upwards trend is a result of the employment tribunal service returning to business as usual.

It is not possible to be exact about the number of individuals because some people submit more than 1 notification, usually either because they need to name more than 1 respondent or in an attempt to be precise about the respondent's name (legal identity). 

Acas uses the date the case is received from the employment tribunal service rather than the date the case was submitted by the claimant.