Illegal workers: Employers warned as quarterly figures released

UK Visas & Immigration (“UKVI”) has published its quarterly report showing the number of civil penalties for illegal workers found in each region of the UK between 1 January and 31 March 2017 (“the specified period”).

Employment, Immigration

During the specified period, the London & South East region was found to have the highest number and greatest value of penalties and the highest number of illegal workers. The number of penalties has increased since the last quarterly figures which show that UKVI is still taking a tough stance on illegal working.

The value of penalties issued for individual businesses during the specified period in the London & South East region ranged from £10,000 up to £75,000 (the latter penalty being imposed on a car wash).
To access UKVI’s quarterly report, please click here.

We recommend that organisations ensure that right to work checks have been correctly conducted for their workforce to avoid any unpleasant surprises. The immigration team at Bates Wells Braithwaite has extensive experience in conducting immigration audits and advising on the prevention of illegal working.

If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised in this article, please contact Chetal Patel, a Senior Associate in the Immigration Department.

This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of September 11, 2017.