Wellbeing & Benefits

Almost 200 employers have been named and shamed for failing to pay their workers the national minimum wage.

The Government published the biggest ever list of its kind, with more than £466,000 owed in arrears by employers ranging from football clubs, hotels and care homes to hairdressers and a gun club.

Brighton and Hove Albion and Blackpool FC were among those publicly named for not paying the legal minimum rate, each to one worker.

Business minister Margot James said: “This Government is determined to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few.

“That means making sure everyone gets paid the wages they are owed – including our new, higher, national living wage. It is not acceptable that some employers fail to pay at least the minimum wage their workers are entitled to.

“So we’ll continue to crack down on those who ignore the law, including by naming and shaming them.”

The living wage for workers aged 25 and over was introduced in April, giving a pay rise of more than £900 a year for someone previously working full time on the national minimum wage. The national minimum wage still applies to workers under 25.

There have been 10 rounds of naming and shaming since 2013, with £3.5 million arrears recovered for 12,908 workers from almost 700 employers.

Employers named in the latest batch include care homes, a newsagents, builders, caterers, an off licence, restaurants, recruiters and hairdressers.

The full list is at

Conor D’Arcy, policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “It’s particularly concerning to see so many firms among the usual suspects of hairdressing, nursery and elderly care who are illegally under-paying their staff.”

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Bosses who try to duck the minimum wage must have nowhere to hide. It is deeply disappointing to see so many companies fail to honour their basic obligations to their workers. The level of underpayment in some cases is truly eye-watering.

“Ministers are absolutely right to name and shame these companies, but we also need to see prosecutions for the worst offenders.”

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