Both the basic award and the compensatory award for unfair dismissal have a maximum limit. Currently (6th
April 2020 – 5th
April 2021), these limits are: £16,140 for the basic award and £88,519, or a year’s gross pay (whatever is the lowest) for the compensatory award.
However, if you have been unfairly dismissal on certain grounds, such as whistleblowing
, there is no maximum limit to the compensatory award but it will still be based on your net loss of earnings. The aim is to compensate you rather than punish your employer.