Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 11th February 2019.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the annual budget has been for the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate in each of the last three years; and how many staff that Inspectorate has employed in each of the last three years.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Holding answer received on 07 February 2019

Draft Answer

Year

Employment Agency Standard Inspectorate Budget

Number of Full Time Equivalent Staff

2016/17

£500,000

11

2017/18

£725,000

11

2018/19

£725,000

13*

*Recruitment for additional EAS Inspectors is ongoing.

In 2018/19, BEIS is funding over £27million of labour market enforcement. In addition to the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate, BEIS have increased resources to HMRC to enforce the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage. Funding rose to £25.3 million in 2017/18 (from £20 million in 2016/17), where HMRC identified a record £15.6 million in minimum wage arrears for over 200,000 workers. HMRC’s enforcement budget for 2018/19 now stands at £26.3 million”

As part of the Good Work Plan, the Government has committed to extend state enforcement for vulnerable workers to cover holiday pay and will bring forward proposals for a single labour market enforcement body.

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