The main aim of SETA is to provide information on the characteristics of claimants and employers and their experiences, outcomes and attitudes towards the Employment Tribunals system. There are five surveys in the series dating back to 1987, with the latest being carried out in 2008.
Between August and January 2009, British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) will be contacting claimants and employers, inviting them to take part in the Survey of Employment Tribunal Applications. This is an official, Government-sponsored survey. It is very important that you take part because your experiences and situation may well be distinctive and, without that information, the survey findings will not be representative.
The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Acas, the Ministry of Justice and the Tribunals Service are collaborating in the conduct of this survey. The aim of the survey is to provide information on the characteristics of claimants and employers and their experiences, outcomes and attitudes towards the Employment Tribunals system.
To that end, we are seeking information from employers and claimants. The information you provide will be used to publish a report that will inform policy-makers and practitioners who work in the field of employment relations. The report will also aid public debate about the nature of dispute resolution in Britain.
The report of findings from the 2003 survey can be viewed or downloaded at:
We have commissioned BMRB (www.bmrb.co.uk/) to carry out the survey on our behalf. BMRB is one of the leading market research agencies in the UK and has been conducting important social surveys in Britain for many years.
All of the information that you provide to BMRB will be treated in strict confidence. Neither individuals nor their employers will be identified in the published results.
Your name has been selected at random from the Tribunals Service national register of employment tribunal applications.
If you have received a letter on BERR-headed paper, a BMRB interviewer will soon be in contact in order to arrange a suitable time to conduct an interview.
If you have any questions about the conduct of the survey, including queries about appointments, please contact Erica Garnett at BMRB:
Telephone: 020 8433 4349
Fax: 020 8214 8349
If you wish to discuss the survey in general terms, please contact Carmen Alpin, SETA Project Manager, at BERR:
Telephone: 020 7215 3847
Fax: 020 7215 2641
The Survey of Employment Tribunal Applications (SETA) 2003 is the fourth in a series dating back to 1987.
The series aims to provide information on the characteristics of the parties and key features of a representative sample of employment tribunal cases. The advisory group for the design and implementation of SETA 2003 included representatives from Acas, the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) and the Employment Tribunals Service.
The main aims of SETA 2003 were:
Telephone interviews were conducted with either the Applicant or the Employer involved in a random sample of 4,500 Employment Tribunal cases completed over a 12-month period (66 per cent response rate). BMRB Social Research conducted the fieldwork between October 2003 and January 2004.
A report on findings from SETA 2003 has been published in the Employment Relations Research Series and can be viewed or downloaded at:
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) established the SETA Small Grant Fund to develop the evidence base and encourage policy debate around the future and development of the Employment Tribunal System through small research grants of between £3,000 and £8,000. For more information please visit the SETA Small Grants web page.
Data and supporting documentation for SETA 2003, and other surveys in the SETA series, have been deposited in the UK Data Archive. Researchers wishing to access the data or supporting documentation should first register with the Data Archive.
Following SETA 2003 the Department commissioned a new SETA survey of people who have been brought a claim of race discrimination to an employment tribunal. The survey was supported by the Employment Tribunals Service (ETS) and Acas
A report on findings has been published in the Employment Relations Research Series and can be viewed or downloaded at: