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Peanuts?

May 15, 2014

 

99.81% of HMRC’s staff are paid above the living wage.  (David Gauke told Parliament, so it must be true)

So that means that 0.19% of them are paid LESS than the living wage?

How many is that?

According to the 2013 Pocket Data guide they had 64,476 full time equivalents (in other words, there might be more people, but that’s the number of units of 36 hours a week you’d get if you added up the hours of the part time people: two part timers on 18 hours a week each = one “full time equivalent”)

0.19% x 62,276 = 122.

A couple of hundred part timers being paid less than £7.65 a week by the department that polices the minimum wage.  Paying above the minimum wage of £6.31 an hour but below the living wage isn’t illegal.  But it’s a pretty bloody poor show from a government department.

It would cost the nation £1.34 per hour (7.65-6.31) x 36 hours a week x 122 people x 52 weeks to put right.  In other words, about £300k.

HMRC’s total staff costs are £2,267.3 million (table 7 page 113)

It’s peanuts, comparatively speaking.  Make it right, for goodness sake.

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