Minimum Wage: Enforcement

HM Treasury written question – answered on 30th January 2015.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time between a national minimum wage infringement first being reported and the issue of the resulting Notice of Underpayment was in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs staff worked on national minimum wage enforcement in each of the last five years.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Government takes the enforcement of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) very seriously. HMRC review every complaint that is referred to them by the Pay and Work Rights Helpline. In addition, HMRC undertake targeted enforcement on employers across the United Kingdom who are more likely to be not paying NMW.

Those employed by HMRC undertaking work on NMW are detailed in the table below. Staff across HMRC contribute to enforcing NMW, including people who work in legal advice, debt management, technical support and criminal investigation amongst others, but HMRC does not record specific numbers of those staff involved beyond those identified below.

Year

Staff in Post

2008/09

149

2009/10

154

2010/11

159

2011/12

162

2012/13

173

2013/14

181

HMRC does not hold information on the issue date of Notices of Underpayment. Our management information for all NMW cases records investigation time taken until final closure.

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