[UK] 139 employers named and shamed for failure to pay minimum wage

[UK] 139 employers named and shamed for failure to pay minimum wage
05 Jan 2021

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a list of 139 companies that have underpaid their workers. The offending firms failed to pay over 95,000 workers up to £6.7 million of minimum wage payments in what was described as a “completely unacceptable breach of employment law.” 

This is the first list published by BEIS since 2018 when they suspended the Naming Scheme to allow for an evaluation into its effectiveness to be carried out.  

The list contains some of the UK’s biggest household names including: 

  • Tesco Stores Ltd - for failure to pay over £5 million to 78,199 workers 
  • Pizza Hut (UK) Ltd - for failure to pay £845,936 to 10,980 workers 
  • Superdrug Stores PLC - for failure to pay £15,228 to 2,222 workers 

Business Minister Paul Scully said, “Paying the minimum wage is not optional, it is the law. It is never acceptable for any employer to short-change their workers, but it is especially disappointing to see huge household names who absolutely should know better on this list. 

This should serve as a wake-up call to named employers and a reminder to everyone of the importance of paying workers what they are legally entitled to. 

Make no mistake, those who fail to follow minimum wage rules will be caught out and made to pay up.” 

The National Minimum Wage Naming Scheme was created to increase awareness of National Minimum Wage legislation and also to deter employers from underpaying their workers.  

Further information about the Naming Scheme and the companies named on it can be found here.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a list of 139 companies that have underpaid their workers. The offending firms failed to pay over 95,000 workers up to £6.7 million of minimum wage payments in what was described as a “completely unacceptable breach of employment law.” 

This is the first list published by BEIS since 2018 when they suspended the Naming Scheme to allow for an evaluation into its effectiveness to be carried out.  

The list contains some of the UK’s biggest household names including: 

  • Tesco Stores Ltd - for failure to pay over £5 million to 78,199 workers 
  • Pizza Hut (UK) Ltd - for failure to pay £845,936 to 10,980 workers 
  • Superdrug Stores PLC - for failure to pay £15,228 to 2,222 workers 

Business Minister Paul Scully said, “Paying the minimum wage is not optional, it is the law. It is never acceptable for any employer to short-change their workers, but it is especially disappointing to see huge household names who absolutely should know better on this list. 

This should serve as a wake-up call to named employers and a reminder to everyone of the importance of paying workers what they are legally entitled to. 

Make no mistake, those who fail to follow minimum wage rules will be caught out and made to pay up.” 

The National Minimum Wage Naming Scheme was created to increase awareness of National Minimum Wage legislation and also to deter employers from underpaying their workers.  

Further information about the Naming Scheme and the companies named on it can be found here.

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