Largest ever list of National Minimum Wage offenders published

15 August 2016

The largest list of employers to be named and shamed for failing to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage has been published.

197 employers who failed to pay their workers the legal minimum have been publicly named.

Between them, the 197 companies named owed £465,291 in arrears, across a range of employers including:

  • Football clubs
  • Hotels
  • Care homes
  • Hairdressers.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said all of the money owed to these workers has been paid back to them.

Since the scheme was introduced in October 2013, 687 employers have been named and shamed, with total arrears of more than £3.5 million.

The National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over was introduced in April this year, which has meant a pay rise of more than £900-a-year for someone previously working full time on the National Minimum Wage. For workers under the age of 25, the National Minimum Wage still applies.

It is an employer’s responsibility to be aware of the different minimum wage rates depending on the circumstances of their workers – and to make sure all eligible workers are paid at least the minimum rate they are entitled to.

The National Living Wage will be enforced equally robustly alongside the National Minimum Wage.