BIS names and shames employers underpaying apprentices

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skill (BIS) has named and shamed a second round of businesses which are underpaying their staff.

Business Minister Jenny Willott identified 25 employers who paid workers less than the National Minimum Wage and multiple firms were named in relation to underpaying apprentices.

The apprentice minimum wage currently stands at £2.68 an-hour, but is due to rise 5p from October.

Ms Willott said: “Paying less than the minimum wage is not only wrong, it’s illegal. If employers break the law they need to know that they will face tough consequences. Any worker who is entitled to the minimum wage should receive it. If anyone suspects they are not being paid the wage they are legally entitled to they should call the Pay and Work Rights helpline on 0800 917 2368.”