Last week, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published their latest list naming and shaming 180 firms that have breached the minimum wage regulations. The employers were collectively required to compensate more than 9,000 workers a total of £1.1m in back pay and pay government fines of £1.3m. The figures show that hospitality, hairdressing and retail are the worst offending sectors, however, two recruitment firms were also named and shamed.

Wagamama has repaid a total of £133k to 2,630 staff, or £50 per worker, for a misunderstanding of the rules for staff uniforms – they supplied t-shirts but required staff to supply their own black trousers or skirts. Similarly, TGI Fridays had to repay £25 each to 2,300 staff in reimbursement for a shoe allowance.