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Employers are being warned to pay at least the minimum wage to seasonal workers in the county

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

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Students and seasonal staff who are working over the Christmas holidays in the county are being reminded by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) not to accept less than the National Minimum Wage.

Temporary seasonal workers, such as students working as bar staff, shop assistants or warehouse staff are usually eligible for the National Minimum Wage.

If they are not being paid what they are legally entitled to, they should contact the Pay and Work Rights Helpline.

Michelle Wyer, Assistant Director of National Minimum Wage, HMRC, said:“We want to make sure that students and seasonal staff in the South West working over the festive season are being paid what they’re entitled to.

“HMRC investigates every complaint made to the Pay and Work Rights Helpline, so whether you’re pulling pints or pulling a sleigh this Christmas, if you’re being short-changed you should get in touch.”

Employers found by HMRC to not be paying the minimum wage can expect a penalty, could be named, and in the worst cases, face a possible criminal prosecution.

Last year HMRC action successfully resulted in over 26,000 workers across the UK getting a share of £4 million in arrears. After HMRC’s investigations, over 700 employers received a penalty.

National Minimum Wage hourly rates are:

• Age under 18: £3.72

• Age 18 – 20: £5.03

• Age 21 and over: £6.31

Anyone not being paid what they are entitled to should phone the free Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368, where they can lodge a complaint.

The helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm, and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Calls are free and confidential.

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  • Wazzamatter  |  December 20 2013, 11:22AM

    Still doesn't display properly. Let's try this: 21 and over = £6.31 18 to 20 = £5.03 Under 18 = £3.72 Apprentice = £2.68

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  • Wazzamatter  |  December 20 2013, 11:20AM

    Maybe it would have been a good idea to include the minimum wage rates in the article. Age 21 and over 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice* £6.31 £5.03 £3.72 £2.68 I don't know what happened when I posted this first, it seems to have gone wonky!

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  • Wazzamatter  |  December 20 2013, 11:17AM

    Year21+18 to 20Under 18Apprentice* 2013 (current rate)£6.31£5.03£3.72£2.68

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