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Backpay for workers

22 May 2018
Issue: 4648 / Categories: News

National minimum wage denied to 200,000 workers.

HMRC recovered £15.6m for some 200,000 workers paid below the national minimum wage in 2017-18. In the previous year, the figures were £10.9m for 98,000 workers.

Its success is due in part to the online complaints service launched in January 2017.

Bill Longe, RSM’s head of employer solutions, said: ‘These results show that workers found to have been paid under the national minimum wage can expect to be refunded an average of £78 each.’

He praised HMRC for its efforts, saying: ‘There will always be a few bad apples seeking to flout the law but the vast majority of employers are not making deliberate errors and are caught out by the complexity of the rules.

‘Looking to the future, we would urge HMRC to work with employers in introducing clearer rules and guidance so that the amounts underpaid to employees continue to fall.’


Issue: 4648 / Categories: News
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