Low-paid are unaware of their rights

A poll carried out among low-paid workers by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy shows widespread ignorance of their financial rights.

The government is launching an advertising campaign to raise awareness, and the poll of more than 1,400 workers earning less than £15,000 a year found that 69 per cent did not know they should be paid for travel time between appointments.

In addition, 57 per cent did not know that having money taken out of their wages to pay for their uniforms was unlawful and almost half did not realise that the tips they are paid cannot be used to top up their pay to the legal minimum.

The campaign comes before the rise in the national minimum and national living wage rates on April 1.

About Steve Young

Steve Young is the Managing Partner of Downtown Recruitment who are based in Thame, Oxfordshire. Downtown Recruitment provide a wide variety of temporary and permanent staff to the local area covering a wide range of disciplines across the commercial and industrial sectors. View Downtown Recruitment's main website
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