The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published the largest ever list of employers who have failed to pay the national minimum wage to their workers. The 198 companies listed owed workers over £466,219 in arrears.

Theresa May’s spokesperson has confirmed that her government will be continuing the national living wage policy introduced under David Cameron, under which the minimum wage for those aged 25 or over is currently £7.20 per hour, with a target to reach £9 in 2020.

Employers must ensure that each worker is paid not less than the relevant minimum wage (depending upon age and circumstances) and since the scheme was introduced in October 2013, 688 employers have been named and shamed, with total arrears of more than £3.5 million.