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Quarter of minimum wage workers underpaid, says study – BBC News, BBC News


        

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A quarter of aged people and over who should be receiving the minimum wage are being underpaid , according to the Resolution Foundation think tank.

The group’s research shows the number of firms not complying with minimum wage payments has increased since the National Living Wage started in .

Before then, about one in five workers aged 44 and over was underpaid but this figure is now more than one in four.

The government said it wanted to ensure all those eligible were correctly paid.

A spokesperson told the BBC: “The government is determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage receives it.

“All businesses, irrespective of size or business sector are responsible for paying th e correct minimum wage to their staff. HMRC won’t hesitate to take action to ensure that workers receive what they are legally entitled to.

“In

, HMRC completed over 3, (investigations, identifying over £ 24. 4m, the highest amount in a single year, for more than (***************************************************, (workers.)

“Consequences for not complying with paying National Minimum Wage can include fines of% of the arrears, and, for the worst offences , criminal prosecution. “

The think tank’s study – called Under the Wage Floor – says that most firms want to pay the minimum wage, and that fi nes are the main deterrent for offending companies.

However, it argues that these penalties are still far too low to stop some firms flouting the law.

                                                                                                                      

What is the minimum wage?

The UK national minimum wage sets out the least a worker can be paid per hour by law.

As of April (******************************************, it stood at £ 8. 21 an hour for people aged and older – the government refers to this main rate as the National Living Wage. Itwill rise to £ 8. (in April) ****************************************

There are four minimum wages below this amount for younger workers and apprentices:

      – 24 years old: £ 7. () £ 8. from April 7624************************************************ – 20 years old: £ 6. () £ 6. from April

      )(*******************- Under –

************************************: *** 4. (£ 4.) ****************************************************** (from April) )

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