Minimum Wage: Non-payment

Treasury written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Rebecca Long-Bailey Rebecca Long-Bailey Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many third party complaints of non-payment of the national minimum wage were received by the HMRC National Minimum Wage Enforcement Team in each calendar year since 2015.

Photo of Rebecca Long-Bailey Rebecca Long-Bailey Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the HMRC National Minimum Wage Enforcement Team has taken to promote national minimum wage compliance in the (a) shipping and (b) offshore energy industries in each calendar year since 2015.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

The government is determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum and Living Wage (NMW) receives it. Anyone who feels they have been underpaid NMW should contact the Acas helpline on 0300 123 1100 or via the online complaints form at gov.uk. HMRC reviews all complaints that are referred to them.

The number of third party complaints received for each is as follows:

2015 - 2016

418

2016 - 2017

806

2017 - 2018

2,154

HMRC encourages compliance with NMW legislation through a rolling programme of targeted enforcement which incorporates a range of promotion activities targeted at employers and workers. The rise in complaints during 2017-18 is in part due to HMRC promotional activities. For example, HMRC produced seafarers leaflets in 2018, and webinars in 2016 and 2017 aimed at Union Officers including the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport workers.

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