Pay shortfall

Firms named for breaching minimum wage rate

Crowne Plaza: among those named by the government

Two Scottish hotels, a high street footwear retailer and five childcare businesses are among 208 employers across the UK named and shamed by the UK Government for failing to pay their lowest paid staff the minimum wage.

They range from multinational businesses and large high street names to SMEs and sole traders. Together they left 12,000 workers £1.2 million out of pocket.

They include House of Fraser and Waterstones as well as Greencore – which makes sandwiches for retailers such as M&S – and outsourcing giant Mitie whose work includes managing COVID-19 test centres.

Nineteen are based in Scotland and include the Crowne Plaza & Holiday Inn Express at Aberdeen Airport, Crerar Hotel Group and shoe chain Schuh.

These businesses have since had to pay back what they owe to staff and also face significant financial penalties of up to 200% of what was owed, which are paid to the UK Government. The investigations by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs concluded between 2014 and 2019.

Minister for Labour Markets Paul Scully said: “We want workers to know that we’re on their side and they must be treated fairly by their employers, which is why paying the legal minimum wage should be non-negotiable for businesses.”

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“Today’s 208 businesses, whatever their size, should know better than to short-change hard-working employees, regardless of whether it was intentional or not.

“With Christmas fast approaching, it’s more important than ever that cash is not withheld from the pockets of workers. So don’t be a scrooge – pay your staff properly.”

UK Government Minister for Scotland Malcolm Offord, said: “The National Minimum Wage applies across the whole of the UK to make sure employees are paid fairly for hard work.

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