According to the latest figures published by the government, HMRC has more than doubled the number of underpaid workers receiving the money they are owed under the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW). In the 2017/18 tax year, HMRC
investigators identified £15.6 million in back pay owed to more than 200,000 workers, compared to £10.9 million in back pay identified as being owed to more than 98,000 workers in the 2016/17 tax year.

HMRC launched its online complaints service in January 2017 and the government says this has contributed to a 132% increase in the volume of complaints received over the last year and the amount of money HMRC has been able to recoup for underpaid workers.

The figures have been published as the government launches its latest annual advertising campaign designed to encourage workers to take action if they are not receiving the NMW or NLW. The online campaign, which will run over the summer, urges underpaid
workers to complain by completing an HMRC online pay and work rights complaints form. Reports can be made anonymously. Alternatively, workers are being encouraged to contact Acas, in confidence, on 0300 123 1100.

A comprehensive breakdown of NMW enforcement statistics will be published by the government in late summer 2018.

Source: New feed