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23/10/2015 08:12 BST | Updated 23/10/2015 08:59 BST

Monsoon Accessorize Tops 'Name And Shame' List Of Employers Who Failed To Pay Minimum Wage

A major high street chain has topped the government's "name and shame" scheme to employers that fail to pay their staff a minimum wage.

Fashion chain Monsoon Accessorize came 1st out of 115 employers the government listed in its latest round of naming and shaming. Between them the companies owed £389,000 to employers in arrears for failing to pay them the National Minimum Wage (NMW), which now stands at £6.70 an hour.

Owing £104,508 to 1,438 staff, the company was by far the largest company to feature on the list, which spans hairdressing, retail, education, catering and social care.

The top five were:

  • 1. Monsoon Accessorize Ltd, London W11, neglected to pay £104,507.83 to 1438 workers

  • 2. Tyne & Wear Riding for the Disabled Association, trading as Washington Riding Centre, Washington, neglected to pay £27,151.79 to 6 workers

  • 3. Project Security UK Ltd, Doncaster, neglected to pay £23,857.11 to 18 workers

  • 4. Carl Keith Salons Ltd, Prescot, neglected to pay £20,535.03 to 5 workers

  • 5. Cornwall Glass & Glazing Ltd, trading as Exeter & MacKenzie Glass Centre, Exeter, neglected to pay £14,253.66 to 9 workers

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said the companies named represented "the tip of the iceberg" of the companies underpaying staff.

She said: "I am particularly saddened to see Monsoon Accessorize acting in breach of the law.

"A large firm with thousands of employees has no excuse for not having proper systems in place to ensure staff get their legal wages."

Monsoon Accessorize staff's salary fell below the NMW because the company offered them discounted fashions to wear while they work, the BBC reported.

It raised basic wages after the issue was brought to its attention to avoid a repeat, the broadcaster said.

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The company told The Guardian: “Monsoon Accessorize has recently been working with HMRC in a wide-ranging review of its payroll practices in relation to the national minimum wage.

"This review has revealed an historic, unintentional breach of the regulations in respect of its staff discount policies for Monsoon clothing. Monsoon is pleased that this issue has been identified and has already taken prompt action to remedy it.”

Business Minister Nick Boles said: "Employers that fail to pay the minimum wage hurt the living standards of the lowest paid and their families.

"We are determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage receives it.

"Next April we will introduce a new National Living Wage which will mean a £900-a-year pay rise for someone working full time on the minimum wage and we will enforce this equally robustly."

The government revising its naming and shaming scheme was revised in October 2013 to make it simpler to name and shame employers that do not comply with minimum wage rules."

The full list in descending order:

Monsoon Accessorize Ltd, London W11, neglected to pay £104,507.83 to 1438 workers

Tyne & Wear Riding for the Disabled Association, trading as Washington Riding Centre, Washington, neglected to pay £27,151.79 to 6 workers

Project Security UK Ltd, Doncaster, neglected to pay £23,857.11 to 18 workers

Carl Keith Salons Ltd, Prescot, neglected to pay £20,535.03 to 5 workers

Cornwall Glass & Glazing Ltd, trading as Exeter & MacKenzie Glass Centre, Exeter, neglected to pay £14,253.66 to 9 workers

Mr Gholam Ghiassi, Chaigley, neglected to pay £14,208.40 to 2 workers

Helen Woodend, trading as New Brooms, Burton-in-Kendal, neglected to pay £13,447.01 to 14 workers

Stoke College Educational Trust Ltd, trading as Stoke College, Sudbury, neglected to pay £12,094.83 to 7 workers

Village Garage Engineers Ltd, trading as Village Garage, Plean, neglected to pay £9,159.80 to 3 workers

Aspect Plumbing & Heating Ltd, trading as Aspect Plumbing & Heating, Liverpool, neglected to pay £8,280.45 to 1 worker

D A Elliott Farriers Ltd, Whitby, neglected to pay £7,516.44 to 3 workers

Solex Systems Ltd (ceased trading), Broughton, neglected to pay £5,978.17 to 3 workers

Ian Balfour & Caroline Balfour, trading as A E Taxis, Kirkcaldy, neglected to pay £4,757.59 to 3 workers

Westbrookes Property Ltd, Nottingham, neglected to pay £4,661.73 to 9 workers

Spirit Pub Company (Services) Ltd, Burton on Trent, neglected to pay £4,629.14 to 1 worker

North Tyneside Learning Trust, trading as Woodlawn Special School, West Monkseaton, neglected to pay £4,312.19 to 1 worker

Frederick Evans & Laureen Evans, trading as Manston Riding Centre, Ramsgate, neglected to pay £4,142.83 to 1 worker

Continental Meat Supply Ltd, London SE17, neglected to pay £3,922.59 to 1 worker

Greenwoods Hotel Management Ltd, trading as Greenwoods Hotel and Spa, Stock, neglected to pay £3,545.18 to 2 workers

Supreme Care Services Ltd, Morden, neglected to pay £3,528.64 to 1 worker

Margaret Jankowitz, trading as The Beeches Hair Studio, Clydebank, neglected to pay £3,283.36 to 3 workers

Paterson SA Ltd, trading as Paterson SA Hairdressing, Edinburgh, neglected to pay £3,216.50 to 15 workers

The RHU Ltd, Burgess Hill, neglected to pay £3,166.11 to 1 worker

Mr Prakash Dattani, trading as Interpharm Chemist, Leicester, neglected to pay £3,077.55 to 2 workers

SEM Electrical Ltd, Darlington, neglected to pay £2,666.09 to 1 worker

Susan Beeks, trading as Waterside Hair & Beauty, Harmondsworth, neglected to pay £2,662.49 to 1 worker

Bennett Homes Ltd, Manchester, neglected to pay £2,659.96 to 2 workers

Andrew Warburton & Theresa Warburton, trading as Alesha Paul Hair Design, Manchester, neglected to pay £2,633.54 to 1 worker

Subway Universal Ltd, trading as Subway, (Morden, Barbican, Richmond, Twickenham), London, neglected to pay £2,466.77 to 10 workers

Elgan Davies Ltd, Cardigan, neglected to pay £2,312.62 to 1 worker

C & R Tyres Ltd, Kelso, neglected to pay £2,261.60 to 3 workers

AutoPanels North East Ltd, Chester le Street, neglected to pay £2,101.59 to 1 worker

Giscombe Brown Ltd, trading as Nuba Hair & Beauty, Sheffield, neglected to pay £2,071.68 to 2 workers

SCC Leisure Ltd, trading as Bar Soba, Glasgow, neglected to pay £2,015.82 to 1 worker

Charsi Tikka Ltd, London E7, neglected to pay £1,823.19 to 1 worker

Claire Beaty, trading as Innovations Hair Design, Windsor, neglected to pay £1,765.19 to 1 worker

Mr Bernard Camish, Mrs Carol Camish, Mr James Coles & Mrs Ria Coles, trading as The Poplars, Trowbridge, neglected to pay £1,748.31 to 1 worker

Nichola Crosby, trading as Beyond The Fringe, Cwmbran, neglected to pay £1,687.91 to 1 worker

Paul Scully Ltd, trading as Scully Scully, Godalming, neglected to pay £1,660.85 to 1 worker

P.K. Meats Ltd, Wimborne, neglected to pay £1,628.86 to 1 worker

Your Leisure Kent Ltd, trading as Tides Leisure & Indoor Tennis Centre, Deal, neglected to pay £1,619.95 to 1 worker

Cross Electrical Ltd, Surbiton, neglected to pay £1,597.41 to 1 worker

March Hair Plymouth Ltd, Plymouth, neglected to pay £1,590.98 to 2 workers

Carole Eustace & Mark Eustace, trading as Westfield Court Hotel, Sutton Coldfield, neglected to pay £1,510.78 to 1 worker

Affinity Dental Ltd, Rochdale, neglected to pay £1,452.02 to 1 worker

Norma Clark Hair & Beauty Ltd, Glasgow, neglected to pay £1,391.32 to 1 worker

Young Men’s Christian Association Bargoed and District Branch, Bargoed, neglected to pay £1,372.12 to 1 worker

Capital Care Services (UK) Ltd, London E18, neglected to pay £1,298.83 to 2 workers

Assess to Progress Ltd, Pudsey, neglected to pay £1,286.76 to 3 workers

Givehand Ltd, London E17, neglected to pay £1,281.89 to 2 workers

Studio Fifty Six (Christchurch) Ltd, Christchurch, neglected to pay £1,243.82 to 2 workers

Little Apple Ltd, trading as Sileby Day Nursery, Leicester, neglected to pay £1,229.21 to 2 workers

Complete Joinery Midlands Ltd, Nottingham, neglected to pay £1,175.73 to 1 worker

Printer Cartridge Supplies Ltd, Redruth, neglected to pay £1,096.19 to 1 worker

Anthony Williamson, Salvatore Bifulco, Tracey Caswell & Leo Bifulco, trading as Your Lifestyle LLP, Gloucester, neglected to pay £1,092.85 to 16 workers

Ellenborough Park Ltd, trading as Ellenborough Park Hotel, Cheltenham, neglected to pay £1,084.01 to 1 worker

PCC UK International Ltd, trading as We Love Laptops, Lostock, neglected to pay £1,079.07 to 3 workers

Metro Surveillance Group Ltd, Cookstown, neglected to pay £1,059.35 to 1 worker

Joe Allen, trading as Joe Allen Electrical Contractors, Newark, neglected to pay £1,052.51 to 1 worker

Leo Mancini Ltd, Ascot, neglected to pay £1,022.83 to 1 worker

Sue Kramer, trading as Hillcrest Montessori Nursery School, Coulsdon, neglected to pay £1,018.79 to 1 worker

Robert Huggett, trading as Robert & Sheron, Midhurst, neglected to pay £962.38 to 1 worker

Christopher Spry Ltd, trading as Christopher Spry Hairdressers, Norwich, neglected to pay £931.54 to 1 worker

Cannon Services (UK) Ltd, Aylesford, neglected to pay £871.03 to 1 worker

Hyde Park Food Ltd, trading as Chicken Valley, London W12, neglected to pay £820.80 to 1 worker

LS&R Ltd, trading as Omega Business Supplies, Stockport, neglected to pay £784.92 to 1 worker

Waters & Sons Independent Funeral Directors Ltd, Southampton, neglected to pay £768.51 to 1 worker

Xercise4less (Wakefield) Ltd, Wakefield, neglected to pay £751.29 to 1 worker

Rasheed Mustafa, trading as Riverstone Property, Crawley, neglected to pay £742.91 to 1 worker

KJM Autos Ltd, Hengoed, neglected to pay £736.12 to 1 worker

MAC Repair Ltd, Leeds, neglected to pay £715.68 to 1 worker

Meden Courier Services Ltd, Mansfield, neglected to pay £684.59 to 3 workers

Lynsey Sellars, trading as La Belle Health & Beauty, Leeds, neglected to pay £659.40 to 1 worker

Ground Events Ltd, trading as The Playground, London N15, neglected to pay £624.00 to 1 worker

Ceredigion Couriers Ltd, Machynlleth, neglected to pay £620.55 to 1 worker

Strathmore Hotels Ltd, trading as Royal Hotel, Argyll, and Salutation Hotel, Perth, neglected to pay £609.97 to 2 workers

Duval Security Ltd, Derby, neglected to pay £520.00 to 1 worker

ENA Ltd, trading as ENA Salon, London WC2B, neglected to pay £492.48 to 1 worker

U & T Ltd, trading as The Sweet Spot, Hamilton, neglected to pay £482.64 to 2 workers

Lee Nixon, trading as Mediabox Productions, Nottingham, neglected to pay £468.00 to 1 worker

Christopher Whiteside, trading as The Hair Workshop, Lytham St Annes, neglected to pay £457.58 to 1 worker

Findme4u Ltd, London SE12, neglected to pay £442.26 to 1 worker

The Square Bar & Restaurant Ltd, Harrogate, neglected to pay £437.02 to 1 worker

Wyin Innovations, Croydon, neglected to pay £417.51 to 1 worker

Nightingale Social Care Staffing Agency Ltd, Barnsley, neglected to pay £405.47 to 1 worker

Top Quote Ltd, Manchester, neglected to pay £391.89 to 1 worker

Greg Heywood, trading as Vineyard King, Northampton, neglected to pay £353.93 to 1 worker

Allen Avenue Ltd, Croydon, neglected to pay £347.24 to 1 worker

Storm Commercials Ltd, Monk Bretton, neglected to pay £342.40 to 1 worker

Michelle Marklow, trading as Shellies Flowers, Birmingham, neglected to pay £323.09 to 1 worker

Sam Clackmannan (Scotland) Ltd, trading as Samantha Blues Hairdressing, Clackmannan, neglected to pay £319.29 to 1 worker

Cocouk Ltd, trading as Le Dermex, Edinburgh, neglected to pay £305.50 to 1 worker

Forward Life Ltd, Swansea, neglected to pay £286.00 to 1 worker

Direct Windows & Conservatories (Staffordshire) Ltd, trading as Direct Windows & Conservatories, Stoke-on-Trent, neglected to pay £274.70 to 1 worker

Impresstech Ltd, trading as Best One (ceased trading April 2014), London SW2, neglected to pay £272.34 to 1 worker

International Business Action Ltd, trading as County Hand Car Wash, Morecambe, neglected to pay £266.50 to 1 worker

Susan Turner, trading as The Belle Air Hairdressing Salon, Wakefield, neglected to pay £261.91 to 2 workers

Commply (Yorkshire) Ltd, Leeds, neglected to pay £260.37 to 7 workers

The Court Hotel (Bromley) Ltd, Bromley, neglected to pay £230.67 to 3 workers

Sweetly Stevia (UK) Ltd, London SE16, neglected to pay £227.50 to 1 worker

The Spa in Lancing Ltd, trading as The Spa in Lancing, Lancing, neglected to pay £192.26 to 1 worker

Pimms Hair & Beauty Ltd, Aldershot, neglected to pay £178.22 to 2 workers

Danhouse Security Ltd, London W6, neglected to pay £161.83 to 2 workers

D K Forecourts Ltd, trading as Texaco Garage, Caerphilly, neglected to pay £156.00 to 1 worker

Coach Travel Wales Ltd, trading as Coach Travel Wales, Aberystwyth, neglected to pay £153.52 to 1 worker

D K Forecourts Ltd, trading as Pavilion Garage, Pontypool, neglected to pay £151.44 to 1 worker

Pilning Kings Arms Ltd (previous owners), trading as The Kings Arms, Bristol, neglected to pay £143.72 to 1 worker

Steve Efthimiou, trading as Mr Clutch, Luton, neglected to pay £135.24 to 1 worker

Urban Angels (Didsbury) Ltd, Didsbury, neglected to pay £133.19 to 1 worker

Huddleson Enterprises Ltd, trading as The Lock Keeper’s Inn, Belfast, neglected to pay £132.35 to 7 workers

MLVH Ltd, trading as The Manor Hotel, Christchurch, neglected to pay £124.89 to 1 worker

Mark Gosling, trading as Regency Autos, Penarth, neglected to pay £116.76 to 1 worker

Bartek Deli Enterprise Ltd, trading as Polmar Supermarket, London W13, neglected to pay £110.50 to 1 worker

Mrs Mary Forbes, trading as Mary Forbes Hairdressing, Dundee, neglected to pay £106.44 to 1 worker

Cribs Estates Ltd, London SW19, neglected to pay £104.32 to 1 worker