With experts this time last year predicting a surge in equal pay claims from women, it looks as though the situation was misjudged. Recent figures show that in the 11 months to February just under 42,500 cases were accepted by tribunals, significantly lower
than the record 63,000 cases between 2007 and 2008.
It is possible that the number of cases has already peaked due to a push by trade unions and no win no fee lawyers, according to the Tribunal Service. Figures also show that sex discrimination cases have decreased considerably.
This is great news as it suggests that organisations are closing the gender pay gap. However is it this straightforward? Are women avoiding going to tribunals because in such a difficult market they don’t want to risk losing their job? It will be interesting
to see what the figures for next year are, but let’s hope they point to a further drop in claims and a happier and more equal workforce.