Low Pay Commission
- 1.1 million identified for 9,200 workers underpaid minimum wage rates
- 179 employers named and fined 1.3 million after underpayment
- naming round comes before minimum wage rates rising on 1 April
As well as recovering backpay for 9,200 workers, the government also fined the employers a total of 1.3 million in penalties for breaking national minimum wage laws. The most prolific offending sectors in this round were retailers, hospitality businesses and hairdressers.
It comes ahead of the next rate rise on 1 April, when the National Living Wage will go up from 7.50 to 7.83 per hour. Apprentices under the age of 19 and those in the first year of their apprenticeship will benefit from a record 5.7% rise.
Later this month the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will launch a campaign to raise awareness of the new rates and encourage workers to speak to their employer if they think they are being underpaid.
Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said:
The world of work is changing and we have set out our plans to give millions of workers enhanced rights to ensure everyone is paid and treated fairly in the workplace.
There are no excuses for short-changing workers. This is an absolute red line for this government and employers who cross it will get caught - not only are they forced to pay back every penny but they are also fined up to 200% of wages owed.
Todays naming round serves as a sharp reminder to employers to get their house in order ahead of minimum wage rate rises on 1 April.
Bryan Sanderson, Chairman of the Low Pay Commission (LPC), said:
As the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates rise on 1 April, it is vital that workers understand their rights, and employers their obligations.
The Low Pay Commission is pleased to see the government maintaining the momentum of its minimum wage enforcement.
The recent announcement that all workers will have a right to payslips stating the hours they have worked an idea originally proposed by the LPC is a positive step.
This 14th naming round comes after the government published its Good Work plan last month, which announced the right to a payslip for all workers. The new law is likely to benefit around 300,000 UK workers who do not currently get a payslip.
For those paid by the hour, payslips will also have to include how many hours the worker is paid for, making pay easier to understand and challenge if it is wrong. The move is part of the governments Industrial Strategy, the long-term plan to build a Britain fit for the future by helping businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK.
Since 2013 the scheme has identified more than 9 million in back pay for around 67,000 workers, with more than 1,700 employers fined a total of 6.3 million. The government has also committed 25.3 million for minimum wage enforcement in 2017 to 2018.
Employers who pay workers less than the minimum wage not only have to pay back arrears of wages to the worker at current minimum wage rates but also face financial penalties of up to 200% of arrears, capped at 20,000 per worker.
The employers named today are listed below and in this spreadsheet:
- Wagamama Limited, Westminster W1F, failed to pay 133,212.42 to 2,630 workers
- Marriott Hotels Limited, Luton LU1, failed to pay 71,722.93 to 279 workers
- Thursday (UK) Limited, trading as TGI Fridays, Luton LU1, failed to pay 59,347.64 to 2,302 workers
- National Society For Epilepsy (THE), Chiltern SL9, failed to pay 55,251.37 to 26 workers
- Wright Leisure Limited, trading as Xercise4less, Leeds LS4, failed to pay 54,290.37 to 240 workers
- Ms Sarah Jane Bowman and Ms Annabel Garland Farnell-Watson, trading as Hazelwood House, South Hams TQ7, failed to pay 48,288.66 to 3 workers
- Seashells Limited, Conwy LL29, failed to pay 43,235.91 to 68 workers
- Bridge End House Nursery Limited, Calderdale HD6, failed to pay 41,938.73 to 2 workers
- Globebrow Limited, trading as Manor Adventure, Shropshire SY7, failed to pay 33,889.80 to 111 workers
- Moy Park Limited, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT63, failed to pay 33,547.57 to 338 workers
- Daniele Petteno Ltd, trading as Daniele Petteno Architecture Workshop, Wandsworth SW15, failed to pay 28,410.25 to 12 workers
- Beautiful Spots Limited, trading as Benito Brow Bar, Islington B2, failed to pay 27,184.28 to 97 workers
- Threshold Housing Project Limited, trading as Threshold, Tameside OL6, failed to pay 26,033.75 to 41 workers
- Heather Park Community Services Limited, North Lanarkshire ML2, failed to pay 26,018.63 to 73 workers
- 1st Pizza Direct Limited, Highland IV3, failed to pay 25,668.15 to 87 workers
- 4Fashions Ltd, trading as Dress Decode, Manchester M8, failed to pay 25,616.56 to 24 workers
- Wilsons Country Limited, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT63, failed to pay 24,560.53 to 63 workers
- Lickfold Inn Limited, trading as The Lickfold Inn, Chichester GU28, failed to pay 23,754.87 to 37 workers
- North London Asian Care, Enfield N13, failed to pay 15,687.49 to 70 workers
- Witham Hand Car Wash Ltd, Braintree CM8, failed to pay 10,051.99 to 6 workers
- Karen Millen Fashions Limited, West Oxfordshire OX29, failed to pay 9,847.20 to 28 workers
- Mr Muhammad Adnan Safdar and Mrs Khadija Javaid, trading as Citi Dental Surgery, Glasgow City G51, failed to pay 8,733.33 to 2 workers
- Mr Akbor Miah, trading as Dil Indian Cuisine, Monmouthshire NP15, failed to pay 7,936.78 to 2 workers
- Albury Estate Fisheries (2008) Limited, trading as Albury Estate Fisheries, Hounslow TW8, failed to pay 7,511.32 to 1 workers
- Atkins Hotels Limited, trading as The Yorke Arms (previous ownership), Harrogate HG3, failed to pay 7,241.82 to 3 workers
- Adactus Housing Group Limited, Wigan WN7, failed to pay 7,098.96 to 9 workers
- Meejana Limited, trading as Meejana, Elmbridge KT13, failed to pay 6,488.88 to 6 workers
- Summer Lodge Management Limited, trading as Summer Lodge Country House Hotel Restaurant & Spa, West Dorset DT2, failed to pay 6,168.48 to 24 workers
- Davies Security Limited, Swansea SA1, failed to pay 5,914.48 to 1 worker
- Oakfield Caravan Park Limited, Denbighshire LL18, failed to pay 5,903.37 to 2 workers
- Pentlow Community Care Limited, Eastbourne BN21, failed to pay 5,725.38 to 36 workers
- Birmingham City Football Club plc, Birmingham B9, failed to pay 5,653.03 to 534 workers
- St Helens Rugby Football Club Limited, trading as St Helens R.F.C., St. Helens