HMRC doubles number of workers receiving back pay

May 09, 2018
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has more than doubled the number of underpaid workers getting the money they’re owed under the National Minimum Wage, according to latest figures. In 2017/18, HMRC investigators identified £15.6 million in pay owed to workers, up from £10.9 million last year. Industries most complained about to HMRC include restaurants, bars, hotels and hairdressing.

HMRC launched their online complaints service in January 2017, which has contributed to the 132% increase in the number of complaints received over the last year and the amount of money HMRC has been able to recoup for those unfairly underpaid.

The HMRC encourages anyone with concerns about not being paid the National Minimum Wage to report an employer or former employer anonymously via their online form.

“Employers abusing the system and paying under the legal minimum are breaking the law. Short changing workers is a red line for this government and employers who cross the line will be identified by HMRC and forced to pay back every penny and could be hit with fines of up to 200% of wages owed," said Business Minister, Andrew Griffiths

Source: HMRC