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Saturday, 24 February

On Target Another Minimum Wage Name & Shame Due

On the same day that the government heralded its response to the Taylor review of modern working practices, plans were also revealed for another round of minimum wage naming & shaming.

The response to the review was announced on Wednesday Feb 8.


The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, under The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP and Theresa May' Prime Minister's Office announced the following review of the actions taken against negligent and deliberately cheating employers whilst proposing that the campaign will receive more funding and another series of outings in 2018:

  • Last year bodies led by HMRC recovered a record £11 million in back pay (for underpayments of the minimum wage) for 98,000 workers - a 70% increase. HMRC also collected income tax sand National Insurance contributions where appropriate.

  • Since 2013, through a naming and shaming scheme, those same bodies led by HMRC have named 1,500 employers for underpayment of minimum wage and recovered £8 million for 58,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers. The last list of those named and shamed did not include any facilities management type service providers - unlike a number of previous listings.

The government's National Minimum and Living Wage Campaign seeks to drive awareness and compliance.


The gig economy

Meanwhile research ‘The experiences of individuals in the gig economy’ was also published in the week ending February 9. For the research Click Here



The resulting reports present the findings from research conducted into the gig economy for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


Characteristics of those in the gig economy

This research uses nationally representative surveys to cover 3 key areas:

  • Developing a working definition of the gig economy.

  • using the working definition to estimate the number of individuals who have found work via the gig economy.

  • Providing information on the characteristics of those who work in the gig economy.

  • Experiences of individuals in the gig economy.


The research used 150 interviews to look at several aspects of the gig economy and the experiences of individuals within it:

  • Motivations for working in the gig economy.

  • Experiences of working in the gig economy.

  • Pay and conditions.

  • Employment rights.

  • Skills and training.

  • Main perceived advantages and disadvantages.

  • Future plans.


The use of Pay Between Assignment contracts for agency workers including the role of umbrella organisations

Another recent study aims to understand reasons why individuals choose to sign up to Pay Between Assignment contracts and to obtain more information on the role of umbrella organisations in the use of these contracts.



  • The sectors and occupations they are used in.

  • Who requests these contracts.

  • Why they are used.

  • The strengths and weaknesses of the contracts.



Picture: Naming & shaming minimum wage cheats will be a likely target again for HMRC in 2018

Article written by Brian Shillibeer


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