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HMRC issues £14 million in penalties for minimum wage offences

During 2021 and 2022, HMRC has issued a total of 580 penalties worth over £14 million for minimum wage offences. This has been revealed in a report released by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

These penalties have dropped from the prior year, with fines for national minimum wage and national living wage seeing 992 penalties worth £18.5 million.

The BEIS report states that HMRC has changed their communication content to make it clear that workers can remain anonymous if they choose to make a complaint, and that there is the option to report a previous employer if there are minimum wage breaches.

“HMRC are becoming more transparent about the more common minimum wage breaches that they are finding. To make companies more compliant, this will also include deductions from worker’s pay and unpaid working time.” – Samantha Bennett

Find the full report: GOV.UK