Equal pay claims accounted for one in three of all employment tribunal cases accepted between April 2007 and March 2008, new figures suggest.
Produced by the Tribunals Service, the statistics indicate that more than 60,000 equal pay cases were accepted over the period.
This represents a threefold increase in such claims since 2005-06, when a total of 17,268 equal pay cases were processed.
In addition, it is more than ten times higher than the number of cases received in 2003-04, when employees registered 4,412 claims concerning equal pay issues.
Meanwhile, the Tribunals Service also revealed that there had been an increase in the overall number of employment tribunal claims of 40 per cent year-on-year from 132,600 in 2006-07 to 189,300 in 2007-08.
Established on April 3rd 2006, the Tribunals Service is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice and it provides administrative support for the tribunals' judiciary who hear cases.