llegal 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 July to 30 September 2017 (“the specified period”). 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 figures show that the value of penalties issued for individual businesses during the specified period in the London & South East region ranged from £10,000 up to £100,000 (the latter penalty being imposed on an Indian restaurant). To access UKVI’s quarterly report, please click here.

The value of the penalties has increased since the last quarterly figures which suggest that immigration enforcement is rife with UKVI continuing to take a tough stance on illegal working.

We recommend that organisations take proactive steps to avoid falling foul of immigration breaches. The immigration team at Bates Wells Braithwaite has extensive experience in conducting immigration audits, advising on the prevention of illegal working and managing corporate risk.

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 March 9, 2018.