Thousands of workers are being short-changed by firms who refuse to pay the national minimum wage, a survey for union organisation the TUC found. Around 150,000 staff are being denied rate of £5.52 an hour for adults and £4.60 for 18 to 21-year-olds, it says. Those in restaurants, hotels, cleaning, hairdressing and childcare were said to be the most likely to be underpaid.
But y’know let’s not then also make the mistake of taking the minimum wage as a living wage. It is the least legally possible to pay a human being, not an amount to aim at thinking ‘wow what a great business I run, I pay my people the least legal minimum, aren’t I a genius’.
Helpline to report Scrooge McBastards – Employers can be reported to the minimum wage helpline on 0845 6000 678.