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HMRC internal manual

National Minimum Wage Manual

Disclosure of information: Gangmasters Licensing Authority

Relevant legislation

The legislation that applies to this page is as follows:

  • Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004 section 19


The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (NMWM06130) was established in April 2005 and is responsible for introducing and operating a licensing scheme for gangmasters who supply or use temporary labour for:

  • agricultural work;
  • gathering shellfish; and
  • related food, fish and shellfish processing and packaging

Licenses were issued from April 2006 and it became an offence from 1 October 2006 to:

  • operate as a gangmaster without a license; or
  • use the services of an unlicensed gangmaster.

Section 19 of the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004 allows specified officers in HM Revenue & Customs (NMWM02030) to share information with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority in certain circumstances.

Only NMW Risk Team may disclose national minimum wage information

NMW Risk Team (NMWM02040) will act as the single point of contact for the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to obtain national minimum wage information and for them to pass information to national minimum wage.

If an officer from the Gangmasters Licensing Authority asks you for information, you must pass on this request to the NMW Risk Team who will reply. Should you require information from the Gangmasters Licensing Authority you should submit your request for the information through NMW Risk Team.

Disclosure of information can be made to the Gangmasters Licensing Authority where it will help them to identify individuals in breach of the licensing conditions or the following offences against the Act:

  • operating as an unlicensed gangmaster;
  • being in possession of a false document;
  • using the services of an unlicensed gangmaster

Disclosure of information which may be relevant to Gangmasters Licensing Authority should be made to NMW Risk Team on form NMW8.