In terms of hard facts we know that for 2012/13 there were
- 1,693 complaints to the NMW helpline
- 708 employers received civil penalties.
- HMRC were able to recover pay for 26,519 workers
- Workers were owed, on average, £300 each
InternsHMRC hvae also started targeting internships and have made a good start, although we know the vast majority of interns fear complaining in the first place.
Arcadia and eight other firms were ordered to pay a total of 167 unpaid interns after investigation by HMRC. The companies faced a bill for back-pay and penalties to HMRC of nearly £200,000.
ApprenticesApprentices represent just 0.5% of the workforce, yet apprentices constitute 25% of NMW non-compliance notices. Evidently, there is a significant minority of employers that dodge the minimum wage for apprentices. Not only is this, forst and foremost appalling for the workers themselves, but also risks ruining the reputation of Apprenticeships at a time when we are campaigning for increased quality provision in apprenticeships.