179 employers including Wagamama and Football Clubs Caught Underpaying Staff

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179 employers including Wagamama and Football Clubs Caught Underpaying Staff

£1.3 million in fines and £1.1 million in underpayments recovered for 9,200 underpaid staff in crackdown.

The government has cracked down on employers not meeting minimum wage obligations when paying staff and today published a list of the top offenders.

The top offenders were in the hospitality sector with 43 employers underpaying 5,726 staff - equating to just over £460,000, an average of £80 per employee. The next two sectors were hairdressing and retail, but hospitality was by far the worst with over ten times the amount of underpayment.

The minimum wage for people over 25 is set to rise to £7.83 (33 pence increase) next month but those caught out were paying below the current rates (full table below):

Tax Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
2017 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50
2018 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70

Even with the minimum wage going up it does not meet standards set by the UK living wage, which is also going up to £8.75 (£10.20 London).

9,200 employees were underpaid and included in the list of offenders were three football clubs and one rugby club. Birmingham City underpaid over £5,500 to 530 employees, Stoke City underpaid £1,100 to 7 employees and Yeovil Town underpaid £174 to 2 employees. St Helens rugby club underpaid over £5,500 to 117 employees. Football clubs came under investigation for abusing minimum wage law back in 2013 too.

The worst offender on the list was Wagamama, an Asian-flavour restaurant chain HQ'd in London with 120 branches located in the UK. It underpaid 2,630 employees a total of £133,212. This comes not so long after a London branch of the chain was embroiled in controversy a few months ago when staff calling in sick over Christmas were told they would be facing disciplinary action.

The chain responded that there had been a misunderstanding over minimum wage regulations. The underpayments related to staff being asked to buy clothing matching store recommendations out of pocket for which they should have been reimbursed.

Top on the list were:

  1. Wagamama Limited, Westminster W1F, underpaid £133,212.42 to 2,630 employees
  2. Marriott Hotels Limited, Luton LU1, underpaid £71,722.93 to 279 employees
  3. Thursday (UK) Limited, trading as TGI Friday’s, Luton LU1, underpaid £59,347.64 to 2,302 employees
  4. National Society For Epilepsy (THE), Chiltern SL9, underpaid £55,251.37 to 26 employees
  5. Wright Leisure Limited, trading as Xercise4less, Leeds LS4, underpaid £54,290.37 to 240 employees
  6. Ms Sarah Jane Bowman and Ms Annabel Garland Farnell-Watson, trading as Hazelwood House, South Hams TQ7, underpaid £48,288.66 to 3 employees
  7. Seashells Limited, Conwy LL29, underpaid £43,235.91 to 68 employees
  8. Bridge End House Nursery Limited, Calderdale HD6, underpaid £41,938.73 to 2 employees
  9. Globebrow Limited, trading as Manor Adventure, Shropshire SY7, underpaid £33,889.80 to 111 employees
  10. Moy Park Limited, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT63, underpaid £33,547.57 to 338 employees
  11. Daniele Petteno Ltd, trading as Daniele Petteno Architecture Workshop, Wandsworth SW15, underpaid £28,410.25 to 12 employees
  12. Beautiful Spots Limited, trading as Benito Brow Bar, Islington B2, underpaid £27,184.28 to 97 employees
  13. Threshold Housing Project Limited, trading as Threshold, Tameside OL6, underpaid £26,033.75 to 41 employees
  14. Heather Park Community Services Limited, North Lanarkshire ML2, underpaid £26,018.63 to 73 employees
  15. 1st Pizza Direct Limited, Highland IV3, underpaid £25,668.15 to 87 employees
  16. 4Fashions Ltd, trading as Dress Decode, Manchester M8, underpaid £25,616.56 to 24 employees
  17. Wilson’s Country Limited, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT63, underpaid £24,560.53 to 63 employees
  18. Lickfold Inn Limited, trading as The Lickfold Inn, Chichester GU28, underpaid £23,754.87 to 37 employees
  19. North London Asian Care, Enfield N13, underpaid £15,687.49 to 70 employees
  20. Witham Hand Car Wash Ltd, Braintree CM8, underpaid £10,051.99 to 6 employees
  21. Karen Millen Fashions Limited, West Oxfordshire OX29, underpaid £9,847.20 to 28 employees
  22. Mr Muhammad Adnan Safdar and Mrs Khadija Javaid, trading as Citi Dental Surgery, Glasgow City G51, underpaid £8,733.33 to 2 employees
  23. Mr Akbor Miah, trading as Dil Indian Cuisine, Monmouthshire NP15, underpaid £7,936.78 to 2 employees
  24. Albury Estate Fisheries (2008) Limited, trading as Albury Estate Fisheries, Hounslow TW8, underpaid £7,511.32 to 1 employees
  25. Atkins Hotels Limited, trading as The Yorke Arms (previous ownership), Harrogate HG3, underpaid £7,241.82 to 3 employees
  26. Adactus Housing Group Limited, Wigan WN7, underpaid £7,098.96 to 9 employees
  27. Meejana Limited, trading as Meejana, Elmbridge KT13, underpaid £6,488.88 to 6 employees
  28. Summer Lodge Management Limited, trading as Summer Lodge Country House Hotel Restaurant & Spa, West Dorset DT2, underpaid £6,168.48 to 24 employees
  29. Davies Security Limited, Swansea SA1, underpaid £5,914.48 to 1 worker
  30. Oakfield Caravan Park Limited, Denbighshire LL18, underpaid £5,903.37 to 2 employees
  31. Pentlow Community Care Limited, Eastbourne BN21, underpaid £5,725.38 to 36 employees
  32. Birmingham City Football Club plc, Birmingham B9, underpaid £5,653.03 to 534 employees
  33. St Helens Rugby Football Club Limited, trading as St Helens R.F.C., St. Helens WA9, underpaid £5,536.92 to 117 employees
  34. Mr David Wilson, Mrs Doreen Wilson and Mr Darren Wilson, trading as Wilson’s Deliveries, Erewash DE7, underpaid £4,935.46 to 1 worker
  35. Smart Hand Car Wash Plymouth Ltd, Plymouth PL3, underpaid £4,817.09 to 2 employees
  36. A1 Care Services Limited, Torfaen NP4, underpaid £4,652.73 to 66 employees
  37. Jeta Car Wash Ltd, trading as Queensway Car Wash, Arun PO21, underpaid £4,584.93 to 3 employees
  38. Cost Effective Catering Limited, City of Edinburgh EH4, underpaid £4,559.11 to 23 employees
  39. SB Patel Ltd, trading as Porth Stores, Merthyr Tydfil CF46, underpaid £4,454.29 to 2 employees
  40. Plymouth Car Wash Ltd, Plymouth PL4, underpaid £4,122.92 to 3 employees
  41. Handy Andy Car Wash Ponteland Limited, trading as Handy Andy Car Wash, Northumberland NE20, underpaid £3,932.55 to 3 employees
  42. Mr Lee Harris and Mr David Wilson, trading as The Barber Shop, West Oxfordshire OX28, underpaid £3,894.77 to 2 employees
  43. Home Life Carers Limited, Mid Devon EX16, underpaid £3,675.32 to 31 employees
  44. Simonstone Ltd, trading as Simonstone Hall Hotel, Richmondshire DL8, underpaid £3,633.42 to 3 employees
  45. SSL Foodservice Ltd, trading as SSL Dairies, Luton LU3, underpaid £3,576.88 to 8 employees
  46. A2 Car Wash Limited, Southwark SE1, underpaid £3,553.65 to 3 employees
  47. Pink Innovations Ltd, Kingston upon Hull, City of HU4, underpaid £3,482.83 to 5 employees
  48. The Blue Bicycle (York) Limited, trading as The Blue Bicycle, York YO1, underpaid £3,479.46 to 2 employees
  49. The Care Bureau Limited, Warwick CV32, underpaid £3,423.94 to 343 employees
  50. Box & Charnock Limited, Bedford MK44, underpaid £3,387.55 to 1 worker
  51. Red Arrow Fulfilment Limited, Test Valley SO51, underpaid £3,245.85 to 33 employees
  52. Foxlowe Trading Company Limited, Staffordshire Moorlands ST13, underpaid £3,200.97 to 1 worker
  53. Hideaway Day Nursery Limited, Walsall WS2, underpaid £3,184.11 to 18 employees
  54. Headromance Ltd, Havant PO9, underpaid £2,959.64 to 9 employees
  55. QCS Contract Cleaning Ltd, Belfast BT15, underpaid £2,952.19 to 237 employees
  56. Mr Nigel Birch and Mrs Sarah Shotton, trading as Oasis Hair & Bodycare, Mansfield NG18, underpaid £2,818.99 to 16 employees
  57. Trinity Pre-School, trading as Trinity Children’s Centre Nursery & Out of School Club, Kirklees WF14, underpaid £2,612.06 to 3 employees
  58. Mr Wayne Gray and Mrs Margaret Gray, trading as Jackson Gray, Dundee City DD3, underpaid £2,514 to 4 employees
  59. Busy Bee Montessori Nursery School Limited, trading as Busy Bees Nursery School, Forest Heath IP28, underpaid £2,488.29 to 19 employees
  60. SBDP1 Limited, Great Yarmouth NR29, underpaid £2,275.03 to 67 employees
  61. Tayto Group Limited, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT62, underpaid £2,236.14 to 50 employees
  62. Impact Call Centre Limited, Test Valley SO51, underpaid £2,095.14 to 15 employees
  63. 4th Generation (NW) Limited, Stockport SK6, underpaid £2,086.41 to 1 worker
  64. A Johnson Construction Limited, Cheshire East CW1, underpaid £2,033.45 to 2 employees
  65. Thurlestone Estates Limited, trading as Thurlestone Hotel, South Hams TQ7, underpaid £2,028.14 to 4 employees
  66. Lakemere Green Limited, trading as Neville Hair & Beauty, Kensington and Chelsea SW1X, underpaid £2,023.29 to 1 worker
  67. Universal United Commerce Limited, City of Edinburgh EH6, underpaid £2,009.88 to 2 employees
  68. Patisserie Patchi Limited, trading as Patchi, Brent NW10, underpaid £2,007.92 to 7 employees
  69. Mr Mahendra Davda, trading as M M Davda, Birmingham B10, underpaid £1,902.35 to 1 worker
  70. Stef and Stan Ltd, St Albans AL2, underpaid £1,900.59 to 2 employees
  71. I Can Day Nurseries Limited , trading as Scamps Day Nursery, Cheshire East SK11, underpaid £1,891.75 to 2 employees
  72. Holbrook Academy, Babergh IP9, underpaid £1,862.05 to 2 employees
  73. Nath Stores Limited, Stockton-on-Tees TS17, underpaid £1,823.69 to 1 worker
  74. Vickers Construction Limited, Stockton-on-Tees TS18, underpaid £1,809.35 to 1 worker
  75. Manor House Hotel (Oakehampton) Limited, trading as The Manor House Hotel, West Devon EX20, underpaid £1,776.33 to 31 employees
  76. Extra Care for Elderly People Limited, Antrim and Newtownabbey BT41, underpaid £1,775.79 to 6 employees
  77. Rootcroft Limited, trading as West House Residential Home, Southend-on-Sea SS0, underpaid £1,774.39 to 13 employees
  78. Little Footprints Nursery Limited, Leicester LE5, underpaid £1,760.15 to 1 worker
  79. Marcandi Limited, trading as madbid.com, Westminster SW1P, underpaid £1,743.48 to 1 worker
  80. Clean as a Whistle Super Hand Car Wash Ltd, Plymouth PL5, underpaid £1,706.26 to 2 employees
  81. Lyndhurst School, Surrey Heath GU15, underpaid £1,696.21 to 3 employees
  82. Ms Lorna O’Donnell, trading as Snowdons Hairdressing Salon, Solihull B36, underpaid £1,675.71 to 1 worker
  83. Twinkles (Leeds) Limited, Leeds LS2, underpaid £1,617.87 to 8 employees
  84. Ritcin Limited, trading as Starbucks, Belfast BT1, underpaid £1,592.79 to 79 employees
  85. Cedar Tree Care Home Ltd, Derby DE23, underpaid £1,531.99 to 11 employees
  86. Dan Skelton Racing Limited, Stratford-on-Avon B49, underpaid £1,520.19 to 3 employees
  87. Fast Car wash Ltd, trading as Waves Hand Car Wash, Basildon SS15, underpaid £1,444.16 to 3 employees
  88. G.Purchase Construction Limited, Walsall WS2, underpaid £1,392.55 to 8 employees
  89. Dr Baber Ghafoor and Dr S A Abbasi, Rochdale OL11, underpaid £1,355.98 to 6 employees
  90. Feather and Black , Chichester PO19, underpaid £1,333.25 to 31 employees
  91. ADI Hand Car Wash Ltd, Epping Forest CM5, underpaid £1,304.77 to 6 employees
  92. Independent Community Care Management Limited, Kettering NN15, underpaid £1,301.82 to 14 employees
  93. Crystal Knitwear Limited, Mansfield NG18, underpaid £1,144.48 to 6 employees
  94. Georgie Porgy’s Pre-School Ltd, Havering RM12, underpaid £1,142.13 to 6 employees
  95. Stoke City Football Club Limited, trading as Stoke City F.C., Stoke-on-Trent ST4, underpaid £1,102.62 to 7 employees
  96. Parkers Mini Buses (Ellesmere Port) Limited, Cheshire West and Chester CH65, underpaid £1,092.56 to 5 employees
  97. Fosters Bakery (Staincross) Limited, Barnsley S75, underpaid £1,074.93 to 1 worker
  98. James Ritchie Clocks (established 1809) Ltd, City of Edinburgh EH3, underpaid £1,064.66 to 2 employees
  99. Poppies WL & S Limited, trading as Poppies, West Lancashire L39, underpaid £1,061.70 to 69 employees
  100. Rudan Knightsbridge Limited, trading as Daniel Hersheson, Kensington and Chelsea SW1X, underpaid £1,060.55 to 4 employees
  101. Achieving Excellence UK Ltd, Tameside SK16, underpaid £1,031.19 to 1 worker
  102. Focus Food Services Limited, Chesterfield S43, underpaid £1,007.73 to 6 employees
  103. Mr Peter Watts, trading as 3ccc, Birmingham B44, underpaid £1,006.67 to 2 employees
  104. Days Poole Limited, trading as Day’s Restaurant, Poole BH12, underpaid £1,001.34 to 19 employees
  105. Europa Foods Distribution Limited, Causeway Coast and Glens BT51, underpaid £976.55 to 2 employees
  106. Grade House Limited, Brent HA0, underpaid £951.75 to 1 worker
  107. Alison Margaret Smith, trading as A.M.S Hair & Beauty, City of Edinburgh EH12, underpaid £935.21 to 1 worker
  108. Mrs Angela Fox, trading as Café Express, Stockton-on-Tees TS18, underpaid £870.21 to 1 worker
  109. Redhill Service Centre Limited, Gedling NG5, underpaid £825.24 to 1 worker
  110. Shoe Zone Retail Limited, Leicester LE1, underpaid £804.88 to 15 employees
  111. Arcadis Consulting (UK) Limited, Cardiff CF3, underpaid £796.72 to 2 employees
  112. RPP Wood Green Ltd, trading as Roosters Piri Piri, Haringey N22, underpaid £779.39 to 3 employees
  113. Mrs Lisa Chakir, trading as Chairs Hairdresser, West Lothian EH49, underpaid £774.86 to 1 worker
  114. Mrs Jacqueline Young, trading as The Forum (previous ownership), Northumberland NE63, underpaid £770.01 to 1 worker
  115. Mr George Hanson and Mr James Hanson, trading as Punycode Riding Stables, Shropshire SY10, underpaid £747.9 to 4 employees
  116. Express Vision (UK) Ltd, Birmingham B18, underpaid £727.35 to 1 worker
  117. Sanjay Foods (UK) Limited, Leicester LE4, underpaid £719.18 to 6 employees
  118. Indulge Me Limited, trading as Indulge, Harrow HA5, underpaid £718.1 to 1 worker
  119. Mr Christopher James Hill, trading as D&A Sheds, Aylesbury Vale MK18, underpaid £701.37 to 1 worker
  120. Bush House Pembroke Limited, Pembrokeshire SA71, underpaid £686.92 to 6 employees
  121. Miss Zoe MacDonald, trading as Unique Hair & Beauty, Na h-Eileanan Siar HS1, underpaid £686 to 1 worker
  122. VF Cash & Carry Limited, trading as Variety Foods, Newham E7, underpaid £667.86 to 19 employees
  123. MRN Recruitment Limited, South Holland PE11, underpaid £628 to 265 employees
  124. Gloss Hairdressing Limited, Harrogate HG5, underpaid £618.57 to 4 employees
  125. Rainbow Brite Cleaning Services Limited, Newport NP20, underpaid £585.95 to 9 employees
  126. The Urban Chocolatier Limited, Newham E7, underpaid £578.01 to 1 worker
  127. Edworthy Computing Limited, Mid Devon EX17, underpaid £548.45 to 1 worker
  128. Mumtaz Leeds Limited, trading as Mumtaz, Leeds LS10, underpaid £540 to 1 worker
  129. East Lancashire Services Limited, Rochdale OL10, underpaid £539.49 to 28 employees
  130. Plaistow Broadway Filling Stations Limited, Basildon CM12, underpaid £535.53 to 1 worker
  131. NTCDucting.com Limited, Swansea SA7, underpaid £492.17 to 1 worker
  132. Mr Ali Qerimi, trading as Olympic Hand Car Wash, Newham E15, underpaid £475.5 to 2 employees
  133. Moulsham Residential Home (Chelmsford) Limited, Chelmsford CM2, underpaid £474.82 to 2 employees
  134. Blaxills Fitted Furniture Limited, trading as Blaxills, St Albans AL2, underpaid £472.46 to 1 worker
  135. Miss Tracey Henry, trading as Valentinos Hair Salon, Southampton SO15, underpaid £472.33 to 1 worker
  136. Cragwood International Limited, trading as Cragwood Country House Hotel & Restaurant, South Lakeland LA23, underpaid £467.78 to 3 employees
  137. Step Up Security Services Ltd, Knowsley L33, underpaid £462.42 to 28 employees
  138. Mr Shahzad Iqbal Kiyani, trading as Aprana Café, Birmingham B8, underpaid £452.5 to 1 worker
  139. D K Leisure Ltd, trading as Bushtown Hotel, Causeway Coast and Glens BT51, underpaid £448.13 to 2 employees
  140. Clear-View Fife Limited, trading as Clear-View Cleaning Specialists, Fife KY6, underpaid £431.63 to 1 worker
  141. Capital (Hair and Beauty) Limited, Eastbourne BN21, underpaid £427.4 to 78 employees
  142. Saramago Ltd, trading as Saramago Café Bar, Glasgow City G2, underpaid £425.63 to 4 employees
  143. McClarance Services Limited, trading as Elliot McClarance, Trafford WA14, underpaid £416.17 to 2 employees
  144. Entier Limited, Aberdeenshire AB32, underpaid £403.07 to 1 worker
  145. DSM N.E. Ltd, County Durham DL5, underpaid £395.57 to 1 worker
  146. Darren Dickie, trading as Darren Dickie Roofing & Building Contractor, Barrow-in-Furness LA14, underpaid £392.22 to 1 worker
  147. Biddall Leisure Limited, trading as The Vine Hotel, East Lindsey PE24, underpaid £389.77 to 1 worker
  148. Legal Square Ltd, Manchester M12, underpaid £370.13 to 1 worker
  149. Neath Road Car Sales & Car Wash Ltd, Wiltshire SA1, underpaid £348.69 to 5 employees
  150. Mr Shakil Shah, trading as Town Fryer, St. Helens WA10, underpaid £347.31 to 3 employees
  151. Jackson Gray Limited, trading as Jackson Gray, Dundee City DD3, underpaid £343.38 to 3 employees
  152. Mrs Elaine Phillips and Mr Mitchell Phillips, trading as Studio 57 Clinic, Brighton and Hove BN3, underpaid £339.03 to 2 employees
  153. Maxine Adams, Kensington and Chelsea SW3, underpaid £312.45 to 1 worker
  154. 4TheHouse Limited, Leeds LS14, underpaid £288.1 to 1 worker
  155. Ari Pizza Ltd, trading as Marmaris Pizza, Ashfield NG17, underpaid £287.8 to 2 employees
  156. Hales Group Limited, Peterborough PE1, underpaid £285.08 to 6 employees
  157. Mariner Travel Limited, Warrington WA13, underpaid £281.72 to 1 worker
  158. P&P Duff (Scotland) Limited, trading as Patrick, Renfrewshire PA1, underpaid £280.15 to 1 worker
  159. Grand Union Company Limited, Lambeth SE11, underpaid £271.28 to 6 employees
  160. Mr Ahmed Faalzada, trading as Pizza on Broadway, Kingston upon Thames KT6, underpaid £266.25 to 1 worker
  161. Ducati Manchester Limited, Trafford M33, underpaid £246.88 to 1 worker
  162. Ms Fiona Latham, trading as The Wellington Hotel, Halton L24, underpaid £233.55 to 1 worker
  163. Tsang’s Kitchen Ltd, Wiltshire SN10, underpaid £221.1 to 1 worker
  164. Mr Nicholas Tsaroullas, Mr John Yiamokis Tsaroullas and Mrs Kyriacou Tsaroullas , trading as Mentone Hotel, North Somerset BS23, underpaid £209.44 to 4 employees
  165. GAF Foods Limited, trading as Subway, Haringey N4 1, underpaid £200.81 to 5 employees
  166. Tanna’s Limited, Brent NW10, underpaid £194.54 to 1 worker
  167. P&A Food Management Services Limited, Hambleton DL8, underpaid £186.39 to 11 employees
  168. Mr Tino Cernera, trading as Da Vinci, Dacorum HP23, underpaid £183.83 to 2 employees
  169. Mrs Carole Bentley, trading as Tenford Kennels, Staffordshire Moorlands ST10, underpaid £182.12 to 1 worker
  170. Yeovil Football & Athletic Club (The), trading as Yeovil Town F.C, South Somerset BA22, underpaid £174.18 to 2 employees
  171. Casa Bianco Limited, trading as The White Rooms, Southampton SO14, underpaid £171.2 to 1 worker
  172. Ms Karly Skerman and Mr Ray Booth, trading as Billy Rays Store, East Riding of Yorkshire YO15, underpaid £161.67 to 1 worker
  173. Orchard Care (South West) limited, trading as Restgarth Care Home, Cornwall PL13, underpaid £161.27 to 7 employees
  174. Always Cleaning Limited, Oldham OL9, underpaid £154.58 to 2 employees
  175. Mr Hamid Noori, trading as Valley Road Hand Car Wash, Plymouth PL7, underpaid £153.3 to 1 worker
  176. London Irish Scottish Richmond Limited, trading as London Irish, Spelthorne TW16, underpaid £131.73 to 1 worker
  177. Mr Sean Hornby, trading as The Queens Hotel, Bury BL2, underpaid £129.45 to 1 worker
  178. SM News Limited, Wigan WN7, underpaid £120 to 1 worker
  179. Riverside Pizza Company Limited, trading as La Figa, Tower Hamlets E14, underpaid £100.83 to 1 worker
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