Tesco tops list of firms who failed to pay staff the minimum wage

Tesco tops list of firms who failed to pay staff the minimum wage

December 31, 2020

Tesco is named and shamed for underpaying 78,000 workers by £5m as supermarket giant joins Pizza Hut and Superdrug on list of companies failing to pay minimum wage

  • Ministers say 139 firms in ‘completely unacceptable breach of employment law’
  • Cases included employers deducting wages for training, uniform or parking fees
  • Unite says they think there’s ‘more chance of winning lottery than being caught’

Tesco has been named and shamed by the Government for underpaying 78,199 workers by more than £5million on a list of 139 ‘rogue’ companies which also includes Pizza Hut and Superdrug.

The supermarket chain, the UK’s largest private sector employer with around 300,000 staff, topped a list of firms who failed to pay workers the minimum wage.

The list was published today as former Tesco boss Dave Lewis, in charge when the error was discovered in 2017, was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours for his services to the food industry.

Companies at the top of the list said the underpayments were historic errors and insisted that staff were swiftly given the proper amount. 

Tesco has been named and shamed by the Government for underpaying 78,199 workers by more than £5million

Pizza Hut, failed to pay £845,936 to 10,980 workers, according to the Government list

Superdrug failed to pay £15,229 to 2,222 employees, according to the Government list

For people aged 25 and over – £8.72 

For 21 to 24-year-olds – £8.20

For 18 to 20-year-olds – £6.45

For under-18s – £4.55

For apprentices – £4.15

Pizza Hut, Superdrug, yoghurt-maker Muller and Scottish football club St Johnstone also featured on the minimum wage blacklist, published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 

As well as well-recognised high street names, there were also a number of smaller companies including independent shops and car washes.

Employers taking deductions from wages for training, uniform or parking fees or failing to offer pay rises after a birthday, as previously agreed, were among the cases included in the list, which ministers said demonstrated ‘a completely unacceptable breach of employment law’ that left thousands of workers shortchanged.

Business Minister Paul Scully said: ‘It is never acceptable for any employer to short-change workers, but it is especially disappointing to see huge household names who absolutely should know better on this list. 

‘This should serve as a wake-up call and a reminder to everyone of the importance of paying workers what they are legally entitled to.’

Employers who break the rules must pay what they owe, plus up to 200 per cent of that amount in a fine. BEIS did not reveal whether any of the firms had paid a penalty. 

The blacklist was compiled from probes between 2016 and 2018. Tesco wages to 78,199 workers fell short by £5.1million, because some staff were not paid for routines before or after their shift.

It said: ‘We are very sorry this happened and proactively reported the issue to HMRC at the time. We immediately changed our policies to prevent this happening again.’ 

Its error came hot on the heels of it having to pay 140,000 workers an additional £9.7million in 2017 when their wages fell below the national minimum, due to payroll system errors.

Shamed: Tesco, whose former boss Dave Lewis (pictured) was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours, has been named and shamed for underpaying 78,199 workers by more than £5m

Superdrug and Pizza Hut forced staff to buy their own uniform, which dragged their income below the minimum wage. 

Pizza Hut, failed to pay £845,936 to 10,980 workers, and Superdrug failed to pay £15,229 to 2,222 employees. In total, 139 companies failed to pay £6.7million to over 95,000 workers.

Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, said: ‘Too many bad bosses get away with it. The rogues don’t fear the inspector’s knock at the door. 

‘They probably think, with justification, that they have more chance of winning the lottery than being caught.’

A Pizza Hut spokesperson said: ‘At Pizza Hut Restaurants, we take our commitments as a responsible, award-winning employer extremely seriously, including paying our team members at or above national minimum wage. 

‘Several years ago, along with many other businesses in the sector, HMRC made us aware of an error relating to a historic uniform policy. In 2018 we completed a wage adjustment for current and former employees working closely with the HMRC to understand who was eligible. 

‘It is important to stress that there was never any intent to underpay our employees, we are advocates of the principles that underpin minimum wage and we are confident that the necessary processes have been fixed to ensure that this will not happen again’.

A Superdrug spokesperson added: ‘This refers to a historic payment of £15,228.57 in relation to uniform which was paid in full to 2,222 employees back in 2018. 

‘As soon as we were notified, we swiftly reimbursed both current employees and leavers, working with HMRC to ensure they were fully compensated. We immediately changed our uniform policy to ensure the issue does not happen again.’





The full list of 139 companies named and shamed by the government for not paying staff the minimum wage 

Tesco stores Limited, Welwyn Hatfield AL7, failed to pay £5,096,946.13 to 78,199 workers

Pizza Hut (U.K.) Limited, City of Edinburgh WD6, failed to pay £845,936.41 to 10,980 workers

The Lowry Hotel Limited, trading as The Lowry Hotel, Salford EC4A, failed to pay £63,431.51 to 99 workers

Doherty & Gray Limited, Mid and East Antrim BT42, failed to pay £43,470.16 to 128 workers

Independent Care & Support Ltd, Medway ME2, failed to pay £40,275.17 to 55 workers

Amber Valley Council for Voluntary Services, trading as Amber Valley Centre for Voluntary Services, Amber Valley DE5, failed to pay £37,346.46 to 104 workers

Premier Care Limited, Salford M27, failed to pay £31.198.61 to 407 workers

Hill Biscuits Limited, Tameside OL7, failed to pay £25,867.06 to 247 workers

Sendon Garage Services Limited, Lambeth SW8, failed to pay £24,869.52 to 2 workers

Natural Nails Beauty London Ltd, Haringey N15, failed to pay £15,265.58 to 4 workers

Superdrug Stores PLC, Croydon CR0, failed to pay £15,228.57 to 2222 workers

St Johnstone Football Club Limited (The), Peth and Kinross PH1, failed to pay £14,266.74 to 28 workers

Home Grown Hotels Limited, New Forest SO43, failed to pay £13,790.44 to 25 workers

Rebus Construction Ltd, Hart RH12, failed to pay £13,379.94 to 5 workers

Mrs Emma Hartley, trading as Whitehall Hairdressing, Leeds, failed to pay £12,882.14 to 2 workers

The Walshford Inn Limited, trading as The Bridge Hotel & Spa, Harrogate W1W, failed to pay £11,947.23 to 26 workers

Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Armagh City, Banbrige and Craigavon, failed to pay £11,285.34 to 269 workers

Müller UK & Ireland Group LLP, Shropshire TF9, failed to pay £10,702.11 to 54 workers

Dakota Forth Bridge Limited- Dissolved 20/03/2020, City of Edinburgh S70, failed to pay £10,236.50 to 4 workers

Pinnacle PSG Limited, City of London NW1, failed to pay £10,166.03 to 10 workers

Preystone Property Investments Limited, trading as Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant, Northumberland NE48, failed to pay £9767.15 to 26 workers

Western Brand Poultry Products (NI) Ltd, Fermanagh and Omagh BT92, failed to pay £9,275 to 50 workers

Nahid Residential Limited, trading as Manor House Hotel, Guildford GU1, failed to pay £9,159.53 to 5 workers

Norfolk Coastal Pubs Limited, trading as The Golden Fleece, North Norfolk NR23 failed to pay £8,141.69 to 14 workers

Worldwide Foods (Birmingham) Limited, trading as Al-Halal Supermarket, Birmingham B10, failed to pay £8,062.88 to 1 worker

Eat Food Limited, trading as Albatta Restaurant, Colchester CO1, failed to pay £7,987.15 to 5 workers

G & J Properties Limited, Bolton BL7, failed to pay £7,858.16 to 1 worker

Adi’s Hand Car Wash Ltd – Dissolved 19/02/2019, Barking and Dagenham RM8, failed to pay £7,750.84 to 2 workers

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Lisburn and Castlereagh BT16, failed to pay £7,564.66 to 193 workers

Discount Wallpapers Limited, trading as O’Neills Decorating Centre, Bolton WA12, failed to pay £7,446.14 to 11 workers

Sturgess & Thompson Limited, Leicester LE1, failed to pay £7,385.40 to 2 workers

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast BT9, failed to pay £7,303.41 to 192 workers

Helio Leisure Limited, trading as Helio Fitness, Fylde FY3, failed to pay £7,298.69 to 26 workers

Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Antrim and Newtownabbey, failed to pay £6,900.72 to 146 workers

Hoar Cross Hall Limited, East Staffordshire OX7, failed to pay £6,651.94 to 26 workers

Renard Resources Limited, Westminster WC2E, failed to pay £6,492.95 to 484 workers

Imago @ Loughborough Limited ,Charnwood LE11, failed to pay £6,319.05 to 101 workers

Western Health and Social Care Trust, Derry City and Strabane, failed to pay £6,170.97 to 170 workers

Littlemoss Preservation Limited, Tameside M43, failed to pay £5,434.18 to 4 workers

Mr Phillip Brookman, trading as Phillip Brookman Decorator & Plasterer, Cardiff failed to pay £5,141.70 to 1 worker

O & H Electrical Limited, Torbay TQ2, failed to pay, £5,139.02 to 6 workers

Mr Jonathan Evans, trading as Jonty Evans Equestrian Activities, Gloucester, failed to pay £5,008.16 to 5 workers

SKL Professional Recruitment Agency Limited, trading as SKL Homecare, Hertsmere WD19, failed to pay £4,628.69 to 43 workers

Wigan Rugby League Club Limited, trading as Wigan Warriors, Wigan WN5, failed to pay £4,559.24 to 1 worker

Mr Blerim Bajrami, trading as Secure Hand Car wash, Cannock Chase, failed to pay £4,475.01 to 3 workers

Tring Park Day Nursery Ltd, Dacorum HP23, failed to pay £4,415.63 to 2 workers

Pet Charmer Ltd – Company in liquidation April 2019, trading as Wild Animal Adventures and Pet Mania, Stockton-on-Tees LS15, failed to pay £4,168.90 to 1 worker

WKW Partnership Limited, trading as Cairngorm Hotel, Highland KA21, failed to pay £4,057.00 to 7 workers

Mr Roan Bradshaw and Ms Joy Bradshaw, trading as First Glance, Lewisham, failed to pay £3,997.58 to 1 worker

Costco Wholesale UK Limited , Hertsmere WD25, failed to pay £3,747.52 to 58 workers

Gregg Little Testing Centre Limited, County Durham TS18, failed to pay £3,703.90 to 4 workers

Solent Build Group Limited – Company Status Liquidation 06/12/2018, Southampton SO51, failed to pay £3,676.33 to 1 worker

Blakerin International Holdings Limited, trading as Cumbria Park Hotel, Carlisle LA12, failed to pay £3,611.13 to 46 workers

Multitech Site Services Limited, Uttlesford CM6, failed to pay £3,294.52 to 1 worker

Dr Jaskaram Bains and Dr Bernie Chand, Hanwell Dental Practice, Unknown, failed to pay £3,072.25 to 5 workers

Byron Hamburgers Limited, Westminster W1D, failed to pay £3,062.03 to 77 workers

Nina’s Nursery (Davenport) Limited, Stockport SK2, failed to pay £3,058.20 to 18 workers

Walton Bannus Estates Limited, Harborough LE17, failed to pay £3,051.60 to 2 workers

Circus in Schools Limited – Notice of voluntary strike-off – Nov 17, Cornwall TR13, failed to pay £2,958.85 to 2 workers

KKM Enterprises Limited- Liquidation- 23/08/2019, trading as The Cleaning Company, Redbridge B77, failed to pay £2,876.68 to 4 workers

The Bobby Dhanjal Practice Limited, trading as Bobby Dhanjal Wealth Management, Blaby LE19, failed to pay £2,868.69 to 3 workers

Manor House Country Hotel Limited, Fermanagh and Omagh BT94, failed to pay £2,837.04 to 139 workers

Morden Estates Company Limited, Dorset BH20, failed to pay £2,761.45 to 43 workers

The Education Development Service Ltd, Telford and Wrekin TF4, failed to pay £2,520.40 to 2 workers

Mr Malcolm Gilmour and Mr David Gilmour, trading as Gilmour Bros, South Lanarkshire, failed to pay £2,446.58 to 3 workers

Storrs Hall Limited, South Lakeland BB1, failed to pay £2,402.23 to 3 workers

DCS&D Limited Heritage Healthcare, Darlington DL1, failed to pay £2,393.39 to 13 workers

Rainbow Room (East Kilbride) Limited, South Lanarkshire G74, failed to pay £2,378.77 to 15 workers

Mr Darran Vaughan, trading as VAS Car Sales, Newry, Mourne and Down, failed to pay £2,351.41 to 1 worker

Mr Gnanenran Arumugam, trading as Lavender Convenience Store, Cheshire East, failed to pay £2,335.88 to 1 worker

The Calderdale Community Childcare Company Ltd, Calderdale HX2, failed to pay £2,321.81 to 2 workers

Gzim Workshop Limited Valeting Car wash, Haringey N17, failed to pay £2,297.21 to 3 workers

Alaska Fast Foods Ltd – Dissolved 05/02/2019, trading as Freddy’s Chicken & Pizza, Hyndburn M21, failed to pay £2,180.93 to 7 workers

Tracy Hart, trading as Little Oaks Pre School, Dacorum, failed to pay £2,134.47 to 1 worker

Chi Yip Group Limited , Oldham M24, failed to pay £2,121.51 to 14 workers

Four Pillars Hotels Limited, Harrogate HG2, failed to pay £2,092.55 to 29 workers

Mr William Fleeson, trading as Rainbow Room International, Stirling, failed to pay £2,089.66 to 11 workers

D & D Decorators Limited, East Ayrshire KA3, failed to pay £2,080.35 to 1 worker

Kiddi Day Care Limited-Liquidation of the company commenced Feb 2019, trading as Blue Giraffe Childcare, Birmingham SA1, failed to pay £1,978.57 to 9 workers

Dessian Products Limited, Belfast BT12, failed to pay £1,885.00 to 1 worker

Crewe Hotel Trading Limited, trading as Holiday Inn Express Crewe, Cheshire East S43, failed to pay £1,871.52 to 19 workers

Fast Fresh Ltd- Liquidated Dec 2019, trading as Subway, Sunderland BN1, failed to pay £1,833.02 to 3 workers

Document Transport Limited, trading as Kegworth Hotel, North West Leicestershire PE2, failed to pay £1,801.07 to 10 workers

Larne Coachworks Limited, Mid and East Antrim BT1, failed to pay £1,791.69 to 1 worker

Mrs Therese Ann Binns, trading as Winston Churchill, Bradford, failed to pay £1,774.35 to 3 workers

Mr Brian Wilde, Ms Mariella Gabbutt, Mr Tony Wilde, Mr Joseph Wilde, trading as J & B Wilde & Sons, Manchester, failed to pay £1,717.23 to 4 workers

UKS Group Limited, Bristol, City of BS1, failed to pay £1,666.88 to 13 workers

LM Bubble Tea Ltd, trading as Mooboo, Liverpool L15, failed to pay £1,628.49 to 14 workers

The Wensleydale Heifer Limited, Richmondshire DL8, failed to pay £1,625.89 to 3 workers

Fewcott Healthcare Limited, Cherwell OX27, failed to pay £1,575.00 to 2 workers

Hotel Birmingham Ltd , trading as Travellers Inn, Sandwell B69, failed to pay £1,516.25 to 3 workers

Keasim Glasgow Limited, trading as Malones Glasgow, Glasgow City G2, failed to pay £1,503.43 to 1 worker

Shades Hair Design Limited- Dissolved 18/12/2018, trading as Shades Hair & Beauty, Bridgend CF32, failed to pay £1,487.98 to 2 workers

Signature Inns Limited, trading as Westmead Hotel, Bromsgrove B48, failed to pay £1,456.81 to 5 workers

Kingsland Engineering Company Limited (The), North Norfolk NR26, failed to pay £1,331.79 to 4 workers

The Roxburghe Hotel Edinburgh Limited (we have been notified that this company is no longer operating and that the Roxburghe Hotel is under new management), City of Edinburgh EH3, failed to pay £1,317.43 to 47 workers

Business Services Organisation, Belfast BT2, failed to pay £1,310.69 to 32 workers

Clare McFarlane and Suzanne McGill, trading as Rainbow Room International, South Lanarkshire, failed to pay £1,304.77 to 16 workers

Mrs Krystle Purdy, trading as Krystalized, Epping Forest, failed to pay £1,294.13 to 1 worker.

Oakminster Healthcare Limited, trading as Cumbrae House Care Home, Glasgow City G41, failed to pay £1,292.30 to 21 workers

Rainbows Day Care (Pembrokeshire) Limited-Company dissolved 03/03/2020, Pembrokeshire SA66, failed to pay £1,273.38 to 46 workers

Maltings Entertainment Limited, trading as Carbon Nightclub and The Mill Bar and Grill Restaurant, Mid Suffolk IP6, failed to pay £1,263.44 to 1 worker

Ben Ong UK Limited – Company Status Liquidation 28/11/2018, Barnet N12, failed to pay £1,257.12 to 3 workers

Mr Nosh Fusha, trading as Green Lane Car Wash, Walsall, failed to pay £1,254.73 to 1 worker

Cygnet Health Care Limited, Tonbridge and Malling TN15, failed to pay £1,249.55 to 15 workers

Thurlaston Meadows Care Home Ltd, Rugby CV23, failed to pay £1,223.54 to 1 worker

Trent Park Catering Limited Companies Status- Active Proposal to Strike Off, trading as Trent Park Café, Enfield EN4, failed to pay £1,213.77 to 10 workers

Lord Hill Hotel Limited, Shropshire SY2, failed to pay £1,168.91 to 18 workers

Smart Solutions (Recruitment) Limited, Newport NP18, failed to pay £1,152.09 to 90 workers

Black Rock Hotels Limited, trading as Leighinmohr House Hotel,Mid and East Antrim BT42, failed to pay £1,138.05 to 30 workers

Gino’s Dial-A-Pizza Ltd, Cannock Chase WS11, failed to pay £1,117.38 to 7 workers

Mitras Automotive (UK) Limited, Cheshire West and Chester CW7, failed to pay£1,048.29 to 3 workers

Anjana Bhog Sweets Limited-Dissolved 17/09/19, Brent UB3, failed to pay £1,020.00 to 1 worker

Mr Mohammed Nasir, trading as Omar Khayyam, City of Edinburgh, failed to pay £935.31 to 2 workers

About Face Beauty Clinic Limited, Glasgow City G74, failed to pay £924.51 to 6 workers

Mr Howard Coy, trading as H Coy & Son, Melton failed to pay £902.29 to 1 worker

Jameson Knight Estates Limited-Dissolved 29/01/2019, Tower Hamlets E2, failed to pay £885.06 to 2 workers

Croome International Transport Limited, Maidstone ME17, failed to pay £869.19 to 8 workers

Rainbow Room (24 Royal Exchange Square) Limited, Glasgow City G1, failed to pay £851.70 to 6 workers

The Coaching Inn Group (No2) Limited-Application for voluntary strike-off – Dec 2019, Boston PE21, failed to pay £811.88 to 2 workers

Cotswold Motor Group Limited, Cheltenham GL51, failed to pay £796.31 to 2 workers

Glenpac Bacon Products Limited , Newry, Mourne and Down BT35, failed to pay £752.02 to 2 workers

Mistsolar Limited, trading as Bridgend Ford, Bridgend CF31, failed to pay £739.00 to 1 worker

Robinson’s of Failsworth (Bakers) Limited, Tameside M35, failed to pay £736.82 to 9 workers

Mr Timothy Lock and Mrs Beatrice Lock, trading as Woodborough Hall, Gedling, failed to pay £723.60 to 2 workers

Nova Display Limited, Leeds LS25, failed to pay £722.78 to 1 worker

Dessert House on the River Limited- Compulsory notice to strike off – 17/03/20 suspended 29/04/20, trading as Kaspa’s Desserts, Lewisham M16, failed to pay £719.10 to 1 worker

Mr Edwin Minchin, trading as Eddie’s Diner, Great Yarmouth, failed to pay £670.13 to 3 workers

The Izaak Walton Hotel (Dovedale) Ltd, Staffordshire Moorlands LA22, failed to pay £667.60 to 2 workers

Mr David Blake, trading as Foxhills Farm and Riding Centre, Walsall, failed to pay£667.54 to 1 worker

Shaoke Hospitality Ltd- Dissolved 30/04/2020, trading as Mooboo, Leeds L15, failed to pay £664.94 to 5 workers

Richard Webster & Co Limited, Eastleigh SO50, failed to pay £621.23 to 1 worker

Newemoo Limited, Birmingham B5, failed to pay £591.86 to 2 workers

Regional Buildings Assessments LLP, Hyndburn BB1, failed to pay £562.89 to 2 workers

Ace Hospitality Ltd, trading as Holiday Inn Express Birmingham- South A45, Birmingham B73, failed to pay £556.15 to 14 workers

Mrs Elizabeth Norris and Dr Terry Hooper, trading as St Bart’s Day Nurseries, Dover, failed to pay £552.53 to 9 workers

The Club Company (UK) Limited, Wokingham RG10, failed to pay £540.30 to 11 workers

Eat Tokyo Limited, Barnet NW11, failed to pay £530.83 to 2 workers

Molescroft Nursing Home (Holdings) Limited, trading as Beverley Grange Nursing Home, East Riding of Yorkshire HU13, failed to pay £510.24 to 1 worker

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