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Whistleblowing – the statistics

Public Concern at Work (PCAW) has published the results of a recent report on whistleblowing based on a review of 1876 calls made to the charity’s helpline during 2014. The report showed that:

  • 50% of whistle-blowers reported they were dismissed or had resigned after raising their concern. A further 28% reported being bullied or subjected to a detriment by either their colleagues or employer.
  • The issue raised most frequently was financial malpractice.
  • There was a 15% rise in individuals contacting PCAW between 2012 and 2014.
  • 16% of whistle-blowers reported that there was a positive outcome after raising a concern. By comparison in 52% of cases the employer’s response was to deny or ignore the worker’s report.

Employers should ensure that they have an appropriate internal guidance which should encourage reports within the workplace to allow employers to investigate and put effective remedies in place. Employers should always acknowledge reports and undertake a reasonable investigation into the allegation in order to provide a response to the issue.

It is important to remember that even where a report is shown to be unfounded, the worker may have believed something was wrong and as such they should not suffer any detrimental treatment which may give rise to a costly Tribunal claim. Claims for whistleblowing do not require a minimum length of service and compensation is unlimited.

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