Recently HMRC has published that Bristol Rovers Football Club Ltd had failed in its duty to pay at least National Minimum wage due under section 17 of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998.
The investigation by HMRC was over a six year period from Season 2010/2011 up to and including Season 2015/2016 and found that all employees’ wages were in line with the National Minimum wage rate.
However, according to HMRC, away match travel for Academy Scholars (16 to 18 year olds) must form part of their working hours for which they must be paid. The discrepancy arose because of the hours worked by the scholars during certain fortnightly pay periods. Had they been paid monthly instead of fortnightly this underpayment would not have arisen.
The total arrears due to 52 scholars for this six year period amounted to £1651.86. The minimum being £11.97 per scholar and the maximum £55.25 per scholar. All employees’ underpayment of travel time has been paid to all the 52 scholars concerned. HMRC now consider the matter closed.
The Club will make no further comment on this issue.