Illegal payers exposed by business minister

More than 90 employers who have paid workers under the National Minimum Wage have been named and shamed today (5 February 2016) by business minister Nick Boles.

In total, 92 businesses owe staff more than £1.8 million in arrears, having failed to pay the minimum hourly wage of £6.70 for over 25s, £5.30 for 18 to 20-year-olds, and £3.87 for those aged 16 and 17.

The employers represent a number of sectors from hospitality and security, to hairdressing and social care.

 

‘No excuse’ for unfair pay

Boles said: “As a one nation government on the side of working people we are determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage receives it. There is no excuse for not paying staff the wages they’re entitled to.

“Our policy of naming and shaming employers who ignore the law means there are consequences for their reputation as well as their wallets.”

 

£3m in arrears since 2013

The naming and shaming scheme was launched in October 2013 to make it easier to reveal offenders not paying what they are legally obliged to pay. Since then, 490 employers have been named and shamed, with total arrears of more than £3 million. Penalties have come in at more than £1.1 million.

The new National Living Wage comes into force on April 1, and will see the current minimum pay rate of £6.70 for those aged 25 and over rise to £7.20.

The 92 firms named and shamed today were thoroughly investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). You can find the complete list here.