Government response

HMRC responds to petition from 38 Degrees

HMRC has responded to a petition on National Minimum Wage from 38 Degrees

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An HMRC spokesperson said:

While we don’t discuss individual cases we always investigate businesses where we believe they are not paying the National Minimum Wage (NMW). We act on information from a range of sources, including workers, third parties or from our own proactive work to gather intelligence.

Where a company is not paying the NMW we have a proven track record for taking firm action and will continue to do so. Since April this year alone we have taken action against 557 businesses, clawing back over £8 million for 46,000 workers who had been illegally underpaid.

Action taken:

  • Since April this year we took action against 557 businesses and clawed back £8 million for 46,000 workers who had been illegally underpaid.
  • Since the introduction of the NMW in 1999, HMRC has completed over 69,000 NMW investigations and identified over £65 million arrears of pay for over 300,000 workers who had been illegally underpaid.
  • We currently have 1557 investigations underway across the UK.
Published 17 December 2015