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 October to 31 December 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 penalties issued remain rife and the figures show that the value of penalties during the specified period ranged from £10,000 to £120,000 (the latter penalty being imposed on a clothing business). The figures indicate that UKVI are not turning a blind eye to illegal working.

It is of upmost importance that businesses remain compliant with the law to avoid any unnecessary surprises. The immigration team at Bates Wells Braithwaite is highly experienced 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 Partner 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 June 7, 2018.