HMRC secures record £4.6m minimum wage arrears for underpaid workers

5 Jun 2014 04:09 PM

 Over £4.6 million in wage arrears has been paid to more than 22,000 workers following a successful year for HMRC's National Minimum Wage enforcement teams. 

New figures show that, in 2013/14, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC):

Business Minister Jenny Willott said:

Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal and, as HMRC’s record shows, if employers break the law they will face tough consequences.

We want to issue a clear warning to employers who fail to pay the minimum wage: under the government’s new rules you will be named and shamed and face a stiff financial penalty.

If anyone suspects they are not being paid the wage they are legally entitled to they should call the Pay and Work Rights helpline.

Examples of underpayment cases where HMRC has taken action in the past year include:

Jennie Granger, Director of Enforcement and Compliance at HMRC, said:

Paying the National Minimum Wage is not a choice – it’s the law. HMRCwill continue to ensure that workers get at least the wage to which they are legally entitled.

Where an employer ignores these rules, we will ensure that any arrears are paid out in full and the employer is fined. Rogue employers be warned – we will find you and you will pay.