Revenue and Customs: Finance and Staff

Treasury written question – answered on 14th September 2022.

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Photo of Stephen Kinnock Stephen Kinnock Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total (a) annual budget and (b) full time equivalent workforce allocated to HMRC's National Minimum Wage teams was in each year since 2015.

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HMRC’s National Minimum Wage (NMW) compliance work is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who are responsible for NMW legislation and policy. The funding for HMRC’s work on NMW has increased from £13.2 million in 2015-16, to £26.4 million in 2021-22.

The following table provides a yearly breakdown of the NMW budget and Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff numbers from 2015-16 up to 2021-22.

Year

Budget

FTE

2015-2016

£13.2 million

251

2016-2017

£20 million

352

2017-2018

25.3 million

413

2018-2019

25.2 million

429

2019-2020

26.3 million

442

2020-2021

26.4 million

420

2021-2022

26.4 million

390

To note, there are also additional staff across HMRC who contribute to enforcing the NMW including lawyers, technical advisers, and those specialising in criminal investigations, who have not been included in the FTE figures provided in the table.

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