17 December 2021

In the news

Government report names and shames Mitie who are among more than 200 employers found guilty of failing to pay their employees the minimum wage. 

On 8 December, the government issued a report naming and shaming more than 200 employers who had failed to pay the minimum wage to 12,000 of the lowest paid workers.

PCS was shocked to read that outsourcing giant Mitie who many PCS members are employed by was on the list. Mitie, now the UK’s biggest facilities management outsourcing firm, since merging with Interserve in late 2020, was found guilty of failing to pay £17,893.98 to 91 of its workers.

The government have said the group of employers have been ordered to repay workers and faced penalties of nearly £2 million after the minimum wage breaches. 

We are naturally concerned that a multi-million-pound company where we have members has broken the law on such a fundamental issue. Also of concern is that Mitie remains on the government’s list of strategic suppliers whose relationship with the government is centrally coordinated through the Cabinet Office, due to the strategic importance of the goods and services they provide. Reaching the list is a major accomplishment for any company and puts them at an advantage when bidding for new government contracts. 

“It is a disgrace that taxpayers’ money has funded Mitie contracts worth £2.55 billion since 2015 whilst they have short changed low paid workers. It’s about time that the Cabinet Office scrutinised strategic suppliers’ track record on workers’ rights and made compliance with basic employment law a condition of being put on the list,” said a PCS spokesperson.