The average amount of compensation awarded by employment tribunals in race and age discrimination cases fell last year, new research suggests.

A study by employment law firm Fox & Partners indicated that the figure for race discrimination was £11,300 in the year to June 2018, compared with £13,140 in the previous 12 months.

The number of race discrimination claims was over 3,300 in the year to last September, up by 43% on the same period a year earlier, said the report.

The average amount of compensation for age discrimination cases fell by 56% to £6,180, it was estimated.

Dean Fuller, a partner at Fox & Partners, said: "The abolition of tribunal fees has caused a wave of lower-value claims to emerge, helping lead to a fall in the average amount of compensation awarded to successful claimants.

"Claimants need to be aware that they are not always set to receive a large pay-out from the employment tribunal, even if they win."

The fall in average awards might reflect how employers are putting in place more structured human resources guidelines, the report added.