United Kingdom - Again, record underpayment identified - September 30, 2018

A governmental report from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy provides an overview of minimum wage enforcement activity by HM Revenue and Customs during 2017/18, following a similar report in 2017 covering activity during 2016/17. In 2017/18, HMRC identified a record £15.6 million of minimum wage arrears for more than 200,000 workers (double the number workers identified in 2016/17). It is the highest number since the National Minimum Wage came into force in 1999. The report also sets a new record for penalties, with £14 million in fines issued by the government to employers. More than 600 employers who were found to underpay their workers the minimum wage were named in 2017-18. This is the largest number in any single year since the start of the HMRC’s programme in 2014.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI

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