The Government has published details of 139 companies who failed to pay the legal minimum wage to 95,000 workers. The estimated shortfall in wages is £6.7 million and the publication of the companies involved marks a break in tradition from a decision not to publish taken over the last two years.
Paul Scully, the Business Minister, said in a statement:
“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 largest non-payer of the minimum wage was Tesco, who made a decision to short-pay 78,199 of their staff, saving the company over £5 million. The company said in a statement that it was a technical error which has now been corrected. Other significant breaches were made by Pizza Hut, the Lowry Hotel and Doherty & Gray Ltd, along with other companies including St. Johnstone Football Club, the Golden Fleece pub in North Norfolk, Wigan Rugby League Club, Byron Hamburgers, Eddie’s Diner in Great Yarmouth and the Holiday Inn Express in Crewe.