05 June 2023

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has reported that last year almost £600,000 was paid in arrears to workers, in Bradford for National Minimum Wage (NMW) breaches. More than £1 million in penalties were handed out to employers for non-compliance in 2022/23.

The sum has been issued to 485 workers in Bradford who were underpaid the NMW or National Living Wage (NLW) in the 2022/23 financial year. HMRC has announced that 74,000 letters to workers has been issued in the city and surrounding areas to remind people of the current minimum wage rates and to advise on how to spot mistakes and report any concerns about being underpaid.

Organisations in the Bradford area, including local accountancy firms, tax advisers, community groups and charities, are being reminded by HMRC about the minimum wage so that they can help reach the most vulnerable workers at risk of not being paid the correct wage.

HMRC has also written to 8,000 employers to remind them of their legal obligations and highlight common mistakes which can result in underpayment. The letters contain a checklist for employers to identify any mistakes they may be making and offer the opportunity to have a support call with a specialist. More than 300 employers have so far taken up the offer.

Marc Gill, Director of Individuals and Small Business Compliance at HMRC, said:

“People who are working, in Bradford and across the UK, deserve to get the pay they are due, which is why HMRC is raising awareness and providing advice to workers and their employers.

HMRC will always take action against employers who fail to meet their legal obligations, but it is really important that people who think they may be being underpaid report it. Even if you are not affected yourself, you can help by reminding friends and family to check their pay and make sure they are not losing out.”

The full press release can be found here.


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