1. ITV Report

Firms paying less than minimum wage 'named and shamed'

Companies not paying the minimum wage have been 'named and shamed'. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The biggest number of firms found to have been paying below the national minimum wage have been named and shamed by the Government, including nurseries, pizza restaurants, a hotel and a fish and chip shop.

Details of 70 employers were published after they were fined a total of £70,000 for owing workers more than £157,000.

More than 160 employers have now been publicly named by the Government since a new regime came into force in 2013.

The ten companies which had underpaid by the most (total owed) were:

  • East Midlands Crossroads - Caring for Carers, Nottingham, neglected to pay £37,592.56 to 184 workers
  • Delcom Systems Ltd, Salisbury neglected to pay£11,731.52 to a worker
  • S Hanns LLP, Chatham neglected to pay £8,448.84 to a worker
  • The Apostolic Church trading as James Kane Nursery, London, neglected to pay £8,347.71 to 2 workers
  • Young Friends Nursery Ltd, Hove, neglected to pay£6,789.71 to a worker
  • Station Garage (Little Weighton) Ltd, Little Weighton neglected to pay £5,440.77 to 2 workers
  • KRCS (Digital Solutions) Ltd, Nottingham, neglected to pay £5,161.85 to 5 workers
  • Mrs Shirley Elvin trading as Seaton Garage & Engineering Co, Hull, neglected to pay £4,840.31 to a worker
  • Pontcanna Hair Studio Ltd, Cardiff, neglected to pay£4,784.34 to a worker
  • Carol Ann Daker trading as Swan Hill House Residential Home, Shropshire, neglected to pay £4,395.78 to 27 workers

Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal, immoral and completely unacceptable.

Naming and shaming gives a clear warning to employers who ignore the rules, that they will face reputational consequences as well as financial penalties of up to £20,000 if they don't pay the minimum wage.

We're working hard in areas where we know there are particular problems, like the care sector, to make sure staff are paid fairly for the hard work they do.

– Business Minister Jo Swinson

Around 100 cases in the care sector are currently being investigated, which the Government believes are the "tip of the iceberg".

The biggest case in the new announcement was a caring company, East Midlands Crossroads, which owed £37,500 to 184 workers.

Other large sums owed to staff included £11,730 by Delcom Systems in Salisbury, £8,300 by the Apostolic Church in London, and £6,700 by Young Friends Nursery in Hove.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "We welcome today's list and encourage the Government to make public the hundreds of other minimum wage cheats they know about as soon as possible."