Failing to pay the minimum wage is illegal and unacceptable. Yesterday, the Department for Business named and shamed 70 employers who have ignored the rules.
Between them these 70 employers owed workers a total of over £157,000 in arrears and have been charged financial penalties totalling over £70,000. This brings the number of companies named and shamed to 163 in total.
Ros Kayes said: "Care workers are particularly vulnerable to exploitation - we have to protect them. Not only that, I want to see a fairer society where everyone gets the care they deserve - to do this we need a skilled, valued and fairly paid workforce."
Already, three care sector employers have been publicly named, for failing to pay the minimum wage.
More than 100 care sector employers are currently under investigation but we know this is just the tip of the iceberg in the care sector. We are absolutely committed to getting back the wages people have worked so hard for.
We are helping workers recover the hundreds of thousands of pounds in pay owed to them as well as raising awareness to make sure workers are paid fairly in the first place.
HMRC is working with the Department of Health, BIS, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the care sector to understand more about the causes of non-compliance.