Recently, a range of contractors, some of which in the construction industry, have been named and shamed for not paying their workers the national minimum or living wage.
According to a list published by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, 233 businesses have been underpaying their workers! In response to this, and as part of a government scheme, over 13,000 of the lowest paid workers will now receive back pay. This will equate to around two million pounds.
Alongside this, companies have also been fined £1.9 million by the government as well. According to the report, one of the reasons workers were underpaid was due to mistakes made by employers including deducting money from paychecks in order to pay for uniforms. There was also the issue of employers wrongly playing apprentice wages to workers too and not acknowledging or paying overtime.
The Construction Enquirer reported: “Retail, hairdressing, and hospitality businesses were among the most prolific offenders.”
“Since 2013, the scheme has identified £6m in back pay for 40,000 workers, with 1,200 employers fined £4m.”
Business minister Margot James added: “It is against the law to pay workers less than legal minimum wage rates, short-changing ordinary working people and undercutting honest employers.”
“Today’s naming round identifies a record £2m of back pay for workers and sends the clear message to employers that the government will come down hard on those who break the law.”
According to additional research, pay is the number one priority for construction workers as well. The research revealed that it is pretty much the main concern for workers when considering whether or not to take or leave a job, despite workplace culture taking a close second place. Take a look at the full report here.
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