Minimum Wage: Northern Ireland

Treasury written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of William McCrea William McCrea Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow DUP Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fines have been imposed to employers in Northern Ireland since 2012 for not paying the national minimum wage.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

The Government take the enforcement of NMW very seriously and HMRC enforce the national minimum wage legislation on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). It does that by investigating all complaints made about employers suspected of not paying the minimum wage, in addition carrying out targeted enforcement where it identifies a high risk of non-payment of NMW across the whole of the UK.

Prior to 6 April 2009, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) issued penalty notices to those employers who failed to comply, within 28 days, with an enforcement notice. A new enforcement regime, introduced in April 2009, saw the introduction of automatic penalties for employers who are found to have underpaid their workers.

The number and value of penalties issued to Northern Ireland employers in the financial year 2012-13 is set out in the following table:

  Number Value (£)
1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013 28 38,357

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