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Security firm tops minimum wage 'named and shamed list'

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5 February 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal


The government has “named and shamed” more than 90 employers who have failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage.  

 

Business minister Nick Boles said that between them, the 92 companies named owed £1,873,712 in arrears, and covered sectors including hairdressing, social care, hospitality, and security services.

 

Topping the list is security firm Total Security Services (TSS). HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) reports that it failed to pay nearly £1.8 million to more than 2,500 employees.


TSS contacted FM World today, stating that they were disappointed to be named in the list.


TSS told FM World: "We have always paid staff above the minimum wage and only took part in an HMRC-approved Salary Sacrifice Scheme because it benefitted staff, increasing their take-home pay.

 

"We made an inadvertent mistake when a technical rule in this Scheme changed, (after it ran successfully and compliantly for over three years), and which our professional advisors did not pick up on audit.  As soon as the mistake came to our attention, we withdrew the scheme in 2014."

 

The government began naming employers that have not paid the statutory rate in October 2013, in an attempt to make it simpler to expose employers that do not comply with minimum wage rules.

 

Since its introduction, 490 employers have been exposed in this way, with total arrears of at least £3,000,000 and total penalties of more than £1,100,000.

 

Boles said: “In April we will introduce a new National Living Wage, which will mean a pay rise of over £900 a year for someone working full-time on the minimum wage and we will enforce this equally robustly.”

 

On 1 October 2015, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rose to £6.70. Employers should be aware of the different rates for the National Minimum Wage depending on the circumstances of their employees.

 

The 92 cases named today were thoroughly investigated by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

  

Businesses or employees who have any questions about the National Minimum Wage can contact Acas online by visiting www.acas.org.uk/nmw.

 

The 92 employers named today are:

(Facilities management businesses in bold


1. TSS (Total Security Services) Limited, London E4, failed to pay £1,742,655.56 to 2,519 employees.

2. Abbey House (Cumbria) Ltd, trading as Abbey House Hotel, Barrow-in-Furness, failed to pay £13,468.47 to 13 employees.

3. Richard Lewis Communications plc, Southampton, failed to pay £8,751.99 to 3 employees.

4. Kiddy Academy Hunts Cross Ltd, Liverpool, failed to pay £8,297.50 to 2 employees.

5. Oldham Premier Plumbing Supplies Ltd, Oldham, failed to pay £6,270.28 to 1 employee.

6. Jenkins, trading as Matt Jenkins Dressage, Chipping Norton, failed to pay £6,184.32 to 1 employee.

7. Claire Reasons & Vanessa Nimmo-Cameron, trading as Merritime Nursery, Gosport, failed to pay £5,344.48 to 1 employee.

8. JG's Hair & Beauty Ltd, Northallerton, failed to pay £3,427.21 to 3 employees.

9. Seed Event Solutions Ltd, London EC2, failed to pay £3,407.32 to 1 employee.

10. VP Concessions Ltd, trading as Treadstone, Leicester, failed to pay £3,111.06 to 2 employees.

11. Saxons PS Ltd, Burnham-on-Sea, failed to pay £3,045.66 to 1 employee.

12. Ocean Dental Ltd, trading as Ocean Dental Implant & Aesthetic Clinic, Manchester, failed to pay £2,819.01 to 2 employees.

13. Louisa Horner, trading as The Beauty Specialist, Keighley, failed to pay £2,807.13 to 2 employees.

14. Woodside Nursery Ltd, trading as Woodside Nursery School, Waterlooville, failed to pay £2,799.03 to 1 employee.

15. Petersfield Joinery Ltd, Petersfield, failed to pay £2,720.89 to 1 employee.

16. Helping Hands Day Nursery Ltd, Tilbury, failed to pay £2,629.58 to 1 employee.

17. Care One 2 One Ltd, Caerphilly, failed to pay £2,441.00 to 1 employee.

18. Quattro Recruitment Ltd, Norwich, failed to pay £2,239.00 to 431 employees.

19. Umberto Giannini Hair Cosmetics Ltd, Birmingham, failed to pay £2,172.53 to 2 employees.

20. Bayliss Commercial Builders Ltd, Tamworth, failed to pay £2,086.30 to 1 employee.

21. Connells Residential, trading as Connells Estate Agents, Leighton Buzzard, failed to pay £2,049.14 to 1 employee.

22. Holly Tree Maintenance Ltd, Bacup, failed to pay £1,839.63 to 1 employee.

23. Floorbrite Cleaning Contractors Ltd, Manchester, failed to pay £1,703.26 to 248 employees.

24. Childcare Directory Ltd, trading as Whiz Kids Day Nursery, Peterborough, failed to pay £1,698.02 to 1 employee.

25. Hard Hat Logistics Ltd, Liverpool, failed to pay £1,695.15 to 1 employee.

26. Elaine Harvie & S J Kirkbride trading as Shades, Stevenage, failed to pay £1,527.40 to 1 employee.

27. Grove Reed Joinery Ltd, Bishop Auckland, failed to pay £1,514.20 to 1 employee.

28. Centra Link Ltd, Calne, failed to pay £1,483.14 to 1 employee.

29. Hayes Freight Ltd, Walsall, failed to pay £1,465.46 to 1 employee.

30. Stage London Ltd, trading as Stage Hair & Beauty Salon, London SW6, failed to pay £1,433.26 to 2 employees.

31. Poplars Equestrian Ltd, Bridgwater, failed to pay £1,372.93 to 1 employee.

32. Hearns Coaches Ltd, Harrow, failed to pay £1,347.50 to 1 employee.

33. E & C Joinery Ltd, Doncaster, failed to pay £1,283.33 to 1 employee.

34. A & G Garages Ltd, Manchester M11, failed to pay £1,197.39 to 2 employees.

35. Park Resorts Ltd, trading as Brynowen Holiday Park, Dyfed, failed to pay £1,184.78 to 2 employees.

36. Spinnaker Ltd, trading as Heaven Sent, Rhyl, failed to pay £1,165.70 to 1 employee.

37. Century24 Limited, London E10, failed to pay £945.11 to 1 employee.

38. Fulford News Ltd, trading as K P News & Fulford Road Post Office, Bristol, failed to pay £913.14 to 1 employee.

39. Compass Services (UK) Ltd, trading as Premier Inn, Swanley, failed to pay £859.20 to 1 employee.

40. Golden Financial Solutions Ltd, Bradford, failed to pay £852.15 to 6 employees.

41. Dee Set Confectionery Ltd, Stoke-on-Trent, failed to pay £838.95 to 1 employee.

42. Sara Buchanan, trading as Guys and Dolls, Holywell, failed to pay £781.28 to 1 employee.

43. Oltec Group Holding Ltd, Wigan, failed to pay £774.04 to 4 employees.

44. Priory Park Hair Salon Ltd, Stoke-on-Trent, failed to pay £766.93 to 1 employee.

45. Christopher J Sargeant Ltd, Camberley, failed to pay £729.34 to 2 employees.

46. USUK Ltd, trading as Urban Style, Peterlee, failed to pay £712.05 to 4 employees.

47. Ipsum Contracts Ltd, Worcester, failed to pay £689.00 to 1 employee.

48. Parkem Chemists Ltd, Leicester, failed to pay £687.89 to 4 employees.

49. Ultra Furniture Ltd, Kingswinford, failed to pay £599.39 to 5 employees.

50. Into The Blue (SW) Ltd, trading as Into The Blue, Barnstaple, failed to pay £589.96 to 1 employees.

51. Cormorant Survey (UK) Ltd, Doncaster, failed to pay £585.00 to 1 employee.

52. Earthgrass Ltd, trading as Khushi's, Edinburgh, failed to pay £564.00 to 1 employee.

53. Hurnfield Hargate Ltd, trading as The Farm Café, Spalding, failed to pay £558.99 to 1 employee.

54. Carefree Communications Ltd, Rochester, failed to pay £556.61 to 1 employee.

55. The Ship Inn (Pub & Kitchen) Ltd, Chester, failed to pay £529.80 to 1 employee.

56. Charlie Miller Hairdressing Ltd, trading as Charlie Miller, Edinburgh EH3, failed to pay £529.68 to 1 employee.

57. Premier Posting Services Ltd, Birmingham, failed to pay £504.80 to 1 employee.

58. New Homeworld Ltd, Glasgow, failed to pay £468.00 to 1 employee.

59. Loungers Ltd, trading as Bonzo Lounge, Bristol, failed to pay £459.88 to 1 employee.

60. Zucca Bistro Ltd, East Kilbride, failed to pay £454.74 to 1 employee.

61. Linell Precision Engineering Ltd, Johnstone, failed to pay £425.67 to 1 employee.

62. Clear the Red Ltd, Manchester, failed to pay £408.33 to 2 employees.

63. Tates Travel Ltd, Barnsley, failed to pay £384.94 to 1 employee.

64. Jadruti Parekh, trading as Park Farm Centre Post Office, Allestree, failed to pay £383.98 to 1 employee.

65. The Fresh Food Company (2007) Ltd, Glasgow, failed to pay £361.79 to 1 employee.

66. Crispy Crust Ltd, trading as Pizza Hut, Edinburgh EH12, failed to pay £309.02 to 13 employees.

67. Harknss Ltd, trading as Delight Coffee House, Gloucester, failed to pay £299.00 to 1 employee.

68. Free Spirit Automotive Ltd, Leighton Buzzard, failed to pay £288.69 to 1 employee.

69. Nattrav Ltd, Bishop Auckland, failed to pay £287.93 to 1 employee.

70. Sentricare East Mids Ltd, Derby, failed to pay £265.03 to 1 employee.

71. Mini Max Tyres Ltd, Stockport, failed to pay £256.56 to 1 employee.

72. Andrea of Wembley (Watford) Ltd, Watford, failed to pay £245.38 to 3 employees.

73. Peter Limb, trading as The Interior Design Bureau, Mansfield failed to pay £215.75 to 1 employee.

74. Goldex Investments (Surrey) Ltd, trading as Costa Coffee, Oxted, failed to pay £212.88 to 1 employee.

75. Thackerays Restaurants Ltd, trading as Thackeray's, Tunbridge Wells, failed to pay £211.70 to 1 employee.

76. Mark Andrew Development (MAD) Ltd, trading as The Fitzgerald, Manchester, failed to pay £197.01 to 1 employee.

77. Broch Tandoori Ltd, trading as Broch Tandoori, Fraserburgh, failed to pay £193.46 to 5 employees.

78. Lorraine's Care Home Ltd, trading as Lorraine's Care Home, Swadlincote, failed to pay £183.35 to 1 employee.

79. P&S Foods Ltd, trading as Sam's Chicken, London TW3, failed to pay £182.00 to 2 employees.

80. Social Health Care Ltd trading as Caremark Luton & Beds, Luton, failed to pay £176.11 to 1 employee.

81. Hair Heroes Ltd, Inverness, failed to pay £173.63 to 1 employee.

82. Autovets Sussex Ltd, Brighton, failed to pay £161.81 to 1 employee.

83. Paul Mason, trading as Bassett Tea Rooms, Southampton, failed to pay £159.26 to 1 employee.

84. Paul Blaney & Elaine Blaney, trading as Craftsman Cleaners, Belfast, failed to pay £149.81 to 2 employees.

85. Emin Markets Ltd, Sheffield, failed to pay £148.77 to 1 employee.

86. The Welbeck Bakehouse Ltd, Worksop, failed to pay £133.40 to 1 employee.

87. Derek Jones, trading as Re'Lec, Northampton, failed to pay £129.36 to 1 employee.

88. Sunamgonj Spice Ltd, trading as Cinnamon Spice, Sheffield, failed to pay £123.85 to 1 employee.

89. DMR Electrical (Norfolk & Suffolk) Ltd, Halesworth, failed to pay £117.68 to 1 employee.

90. Organic Warehouse (Chelsea) Ltd, trading as Here, London SW3, failed to pay £117.50 to 1 employee.

91. Elizabeth House Ltd, Kirkcaldy, failed to pay £117.00 to 1 employee.

92. Illingworth Moor Retail Ltd, trading as Subway, Peterlee, failed to pay £102.96 to 2 employees.