Hotline reports of staff earning less than the national minimum wage increased by 10% in 2006

Complaints of non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rose by 10% this year, it was revealed today.

A report from HM Revenue & Customs showed there were 2,100 calls of complaint to the NMW hotline in 2005-06.

There were a larger number of claims from women than men, and notable increases in complaints in the hospitality and hairdressing sectors.

A total of 61,000 calls were received by the hotline in 2005-06, leading to £3.3m being recovered.

Employment minister Jim Fitzpatrick said: “The NMW protects our most vulnerable and low-paid workers from the most unscrupulous employers.

“We will continue a process of education and enforcement, and prosecute the most serious offenders.”

The UK minimum wage is £5.35 an hour for staff aged 22 and over; £4.45 for those aged 18 to 21; and £3.30 an hour for those aged 16 and 17.

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