More than 13,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers will get around £2 million in back pay as part of the government’s scheme to name employers who have failed to pay National Minimum Wage and Living Wage.
As well as paying back staff the money owed, employers on the list have been fined a record £1.9 million by the government. Retail, hairdressing and hospitality businesses were among the most prolific offenders.
Since 2013, the scheme has identified £6 million back pay for 40,000 workers, with 1,200 employers fined £4 million.
Councillor Ian Lewis, Leader of Wirral's Conservative Councillors, said: "Under the last Labour Government, the Minimum Wage was £5.80 an hour. Conservatives have committed to raising it to £9 by 2020, as part of the new National Living Wage. That means more people in Wirral will be better off."
Recent developments in the Government’s enforcement of compliance, and communications regarding the National Living Wage have led to real successes – record numbers of underpaid workers and arrears have been identified.
Government enforcement investigations found arrears of £10.9 million for 98,000 workers in 2016/17 compared to £3.3 million for 26,300 workers in 2014/15.