In the previous year, according to figures provided by Pinsent Masons:
- HMRC has reported an increase of 134% in reports of whistleblowing in relation to National Minimum Wage failures;
- 6,027 reports were received in the year to 31 March 2018 in comparison to 2,573 in 2016-2017;
- The number of investigations opened by HMRC therefore increased by 43% last year;
- £15.6 million of owed pay was identified.
It is suggested that the increase may be as a result of HMRC’s new online reporting system. The number of online reports has increased from 437 in 2016-2017 to 4,161 in 2017-2018.