The government is about to launch its annual advertising campaign to encourage workers to take action if they are not receiving the National Living Wage or the National Minimum Wage. The online campaign will urge all workers to proactively complain by completing an HMRC online form. Industries most complained about to HMRC include restaurants, bars, hotels and hairdressing!

According to the latest figures, HMRC has more than doubled the number of underpaid workers getting the money they are owed under the National Minimum wage. In 2017 to 2018 HMRC investigators identified £15.6 million in pay owed to more than 200,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers, and up from £10.9 million for more than 98,000 workers last year.

As a reminder, from 1 April 2018, the government’s National Living Wage rate increased by 33p to £7.83 per hour for those aged 25 and over.

The National Minimum Wage increased:

  • by 33p to £7.38 per hour for those aged 21 to 24
  • by 30p to £5.90 per hour for those aged 18 to 20
  • by 15p to £4.20 per hour for those aged 16 to 17
  • by 20p to £3.70 per hour for apprentice

If you would like to discuss, or need assistance with any payroll issues please call Lee Reynolds or Samantha Robinson on 01788 539000.