French Connection and Foot Locker have become the latest firms to be named and shamed under a new scheme by the UK Government for paying workers less than the minimum wage.

The two companies are among 48 "wage offenders" named by Business Minister Jo Swinson. The document shows Freedom Sportsline, trading as Foot Locker, London, neglected to pay GBP16,718.25 (US$24,851.78) to 601 workers.

French Connection neglected to pay GBP16,436.05 to 367 workers.

Between all 48, Swinson said they owe workers a total of over GBP162,000 (US$241,485) in arrears. Companies named on the list span the apparel, publishing, hospitality, health and fitness, automotive, care, and retail sectors.

Fashion giant H&M was the last apparel company to be named on the list in January.