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Minimum Wage

Question for HM Treasury

UIN 16853, tabled on 18 November 2015

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding has been provided to HM Revenue and Customs to enforce compliance with minimum wage legislation in each of the last 10 years.

Answered on

8 December 2015

The Government is committed to increasing compliance with minimum wage legislation and effective enforcement of it. Everyone who is entitled to the minimum wage should receive it. Employers who pay workers less than the minimum wage not only have to pay back arrears of wages at current minimum wage rates but also face financial penalties of up to £20,000 per underpaid worker.


The Government has increased annual funding of National Minimum Wage enforcement by over 60% since 2010, meaning a £13.2m budget in 2015/16.


This has enabled a significant expansion of resources dedicated to enforcing the minimum wage; there are currently 237 staff (224.05 full-time equivalent) in HM Revenue and Customs’ National Minimum Wage teams, up from 171 at the start of 2014/15.


Previous years’ detail is provided in the table below:

Year

Funding allocated by BIS (or predecessor departments) (£m)

Full-time equivalent staff

2006/07

5.8

Not available

2007/08

6.8

Not available

2008/09

7.6

139.16

2009/10

8.3

140.18

2010/11

8.1

142.18

2011/12

8.3

138.88

2012/13

8.3

142.37

2013/14

8.3

157.85

2014/15

9.2*

183.47

*Increased in-year


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