On 21 June 2023, the Government named over 200 employers who were failing to pay their lowest paid staff the minimum wage, leaving around £63,000 workers out of pocket. The purpose of this was according to the press release to send a ” clear message… that no employer is exempt from paying their workers the statutory minimum wage.” The list includes some well-known high-street names and gives details of the amount owed and the number of workers affected.
From 1 April 2023 the hourly rates of the national minimum wage (NMW) and national living wage (NLW) are as follows:-
The NLW for workers aged 23 and over increases from £9.50 to £10.42 per hour.
The NMW for 21- to 22-year-olds increases from £9.18 to £10.18 per hour.
The NMW for 18- to 20-year-olds increases from £6.83 to £7.49 per hour.
The NMW for 16- to 17-year-olds increases from £4.81 to £5.28 per hour.
The apprentice rate increases from £4.81 to £5.28 per hour.
The accommodation offset rate increases from £8.70 to £9.10.
The press release recognises that “not all minimum wage underpayments are intentional” but this is a clear message to employers to check that they are paying staff correctly.
More than 200 companies named for not paying staff minimum wage Over 200 employers are today (21 June 2023) being named by government for failing to pay their lowest paid staff the minimum wage.https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-than-200-companies-named-for-not-paying-staff-minimum-wage