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Unpaid Work

Treasury written question – answered on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Stewart McDonald Stewart McDonald Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints HMRC has received on employers advertising unpaid work trials in the last 12 months.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

The Government is determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) receives it.

All businesses, irrespective of size or business sector, are responsible for paying the correct minimum wage to their staff.

HMRC do not record numbers of complaints relating specifically to unpaid work trials.

HMRC take seriously and review all complaints from workers; and if anyone thinks they are not receiving at least the minimum wage, they can contact Acas, in confidence, on 0300 123 1100 or submit a query online using the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pay-and-work-rights-complaints.

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