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Increases in fines for employing illegal workers

Joanna Rose · October 23rd 2023 · read

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From January 2024, the fines for employers who permit illegal migrants to work for them are to be increased threefold. The penalty for employers will increase from £15,000 up to £45,000 per illegal worker for a first breach, and from £20,000 and up to £60,000 for repeat breaches.

Since January 2018, almost 5,000 civil penalties have been issued to employers. In addition, employers can be liable to criminal prosecution and face a sentence of five years’ imprisonment if they know, or have reasonable cause to believe, that the worker does not have permission to be in the UK; has overstayed their leave to remain; is performing a type of work for which they do not have permission; or have falsified their documents in any way.

The UK government publish a quarterly list of employers who have been fined for hiring illegal workers. The latest list includes the following:

Trading nameLocationPenalty
AdegaLondon£15,000
Taksim Lounge LtdLondon£15,000
Nisa LocalLondon£10,000
White HorseSurrey£15,000
So Beautified SalonGreater London£15,000
Golden ScissorsLondon£15,000
Hildenborough Square LtdSurrey£10,000
Cozzy LoungeMiddx£15,000
London Quality FisheriesLondon£15,000
British Hand Car WashNewport£10,000
Hungry Eye Indian RestaurantKent£10,000
Multi Facility Services LtdGreater London£10,000
N&J Consults LtdGreater London£15,000
Nona RestaurantGreater London£20,000
Norwood Manor Day Nursery LimitedGreater London£15,000
8 Till Late (Polski Sklep)Hounslow£15,000
Orchid GardenKent£30,000
Redhouse Chinese TakeawayKent£20,000
Pizza Go GoCroydon£15,000
Share 2 Care LtdHampshire£10,000
Fat Pizza BasildonEssex£15,000
Taco BellLondon£10,000
Greek SouvlakiKent£10,000
Cell Fone CityGreater London£10,000
Vindaloo Indian TakeawayHampshire£10,000

As well as the financial penalties, this obviously also causes a reputational risk to businesses. The list is public and also may lead to a business being reported in the media.

HR Solutions can advise on Right to Work in the UK checks. We can also conduct them on your behalf; this is particularly useful for if you are a business with overseas ownership and / or remote workers where it is difficult for you to conduct the check yourself.

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This insight was previously published in our HR Solutions October 2023 newsletter

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