05 January 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Sir David Metcalf has been named as the first director of Labour Market Enforcement to oversee a government crackdown on exploitation in the workplace.
Sir David, who was chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee until August, will set the strategic priorities for the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate and HMRC's National Minimum Wage enforcement team.
For the first time the three agencies are centralising their intelligence, enabling the director to draw up an annual strategy targeting sectors and regions that are vulnerable to unscrupulous employment practices.
He is also working alongside the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to better tackle exploitation and slavery in the labour market.
The announcement comes ahead of the launch of a £1.7 million national minimum and living wage awareness raising campaign later this month. It will help make sure the UK's lowest-paid workers receive the correct rates of pay when they increase on 1 April and know what steps to take if they do not.
Sir David Metcalf said: "I'm very excited to be taking on this new role, drawing together the important work of these three labour market enforcement teams.
"While the UK is, by and large, a fair and safe place to work, there are still rogue employers who exploit their workers and undercut honest businesses. As the government has made clear, this will not go unpunished."
Business minister Margot James said: "Sir David's extensive experience will be invaluable in this hugely important role to help stamp out workplace exploitation and ensure that when unscrupulous employment practices are found, justice is done for those affected.
"As we have made clear, the government is determined to make sure the economy works for all. That's why we are investing £1.7 million in a national minimum and living wage awareness raising campaign alongside a record £25.3million on national minimum and living wage enforcement next year to make sure the UK's lowest-paid workers get the pay rise they deserve."