17 September 2016
I have to assume that Councillor Pope is a skate. Or at least has soemthing against youngsters getting work experience
So the club advertise a vacancy in the Ticket Office saying salary from X in case younger people want to apply and the skate takes action against the club.
Still, it's your money he's wasting in the investigation....
(Note I have nothing against Minimum Wage Legislation, yet if someone is acting within the rules how can you then report them AND earn pubilicity from it?)
Southampton have been accused of failing to comply with minimum wage legislation.
The Premier League club have been reported to the tax office (HMRC) and Southampton City Council by Andrew Pope, an independent councillor in the south coast city.
Cllr Pope's complaint relates to an advert on the club's own website in July this year for a job in the ticket office at a rate of £6.50 per hour which was the minimum wage rate in 2014. This year it is £7.20.
Southampton have been accused of failing to comply with compulsory minimum wage laws
Southampton refute the allegations and say they expect to comply with a minimum wage audit recently undertaken at the club.
The club told Sportsmail this particular job was a casual position advertised at '£6.50 or above depending on the national minimum wage' because the job may have appealed to young people and the national minimum wage for those under the age of 21 is set at £5.30.
'With the eye-watering amounts paid to players, bolstered by the recent massive TV deal, football clubs should be paying the real living wage to all staff,' said councillor Pope, who is a fierce campaigner on minimum wage issues.
The Premier League pledged in 2015 that all clubs would pay the Living Wage Foundation rate
'That would demonstrate that they care about local people and local communities. But they aren't.
'To add to Blackpool and Brighton being named and shamed by HMRC, we have evidence to suggest clubs are not even paying the legal minimum wage, let alone the real living wage.
'So we have asked HMRC to investigate Southampton FC with evidence we have provided, and we will be doing the same for other football clubs that appear to be flouting the law.'
The Premier League club have been reported to HMRC by councillor Andrew Pope
Although the Government set the minimum wage at £7.20 for overs 25s, the figure recommended by the Living Wage Foundation is actually an hourly rate of £9.40 in London and £8.25 elsewhere.
The Premier League pledged in March last year that all its clubs would pay the rate defined by the Living Wage Foundation to all their full-time staff from the start of this season, when the new £8billion broadcasting right deal came into force.
The job at Southampton was a casual role and so not obliged to be covered by this pledge.
Chelsea became the first Premier League club to meet the standards required for Living Wage Foundation accreditation in 2014.
Last month, Blackpool and Brighton were named by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for a failure to comply with minimum wage legislation based on information from HMRC.
Both Blackpool and Brighton claimed the discrepancies were in relation to only one employee. HMRC will not discuss individual cases.
HM Revenue & Customs said in a statement: 'HMRC follows up every complaint of minimum wage abuse. All businesses — irrespective of their size or sector — are responsible for paying the correct minimum wage to staff.'