In 2015-16 the Government recovered almost £10.3m of arrears for over 58,000 workers, from 958 employers. 813 of these employers were issued with a Notice of Underpayment (NoU) and had to pay a penalty.
In 2015/16, the Government named 280 employers. However, not all cases are put forward for naming, in particular:
- Where an investigation commenced before the advent of the naming scheme.
- Where an employer self-corrected the arrears and paid back to workers.
- Where the arrears owed were £100 or less.
- Where a case is being considered for criminal prosecution.
Furthermore, employers are not named at the point when a NoU is issued. Under the National Minimum Wage regulations, employers have 28 days to appeal against an NoU. They then have a further 14 days to make representations to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills against being named. Some of the cases identified in 2015-16 will therefore be considered for naming in future rounds.