Minimum Wage

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what provisions exist to prevent agencies providing staff to companies deliberately wrongly designating them as apprentices in order to pay them less than the minimum wage; and what instances of such practices have been brought to his attention.

Photo of Nicholas Boles Nicholas Boles The Minister for Universities and Science, Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Jointly with the Department for Education)

The recruitment sector is regulated by the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (the ‘Conduct Regulations’). The Conduct Regulations require employment businesses to agree a number of terms with the work-seeker, including whether the work-seeker will be employed under a contract of service or apprenticeship, or a contract for services, and the rate of pay that will apply.

The Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate is not aware of any complaints about work-seekers being deliberately wrongly designated as apprentices.

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