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The UK Border Agency are to name and shame organisations who employ illegal workers by publishing quarterly reports detailing the civil penalties or fines issued.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) said:

‘Illegal working causes damaging social and economic problems for the UK. It undercuts businesses that operate within the law, undermines British workers, and exploits migrant workers. Employers who employ illegal workers will face robust action and may face a civil penalty of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker.’

Employers have a duty to check that all new employees are entitled to work in the UK and follow UKBA guidance.

The UKBA will publish quarterly reports that show:

  • the number of civil penalties issued;
  • the number of illegal workers found; and
  • the value of the penalties broken down by geographical regions.

Also published will be a quarterly report naming employers who have:

  • not paid or are not making regular payments for a penalty 28 days after they have exhausted their objection and/or appeal rights; or
  • been served with a second or subsequent penalty once they have exhausted their objection and/or appeal rights regardless of whether any payment has been made.

Quarterly reports will consider all employers whose appeals rights were exhausted within the period reported on.

A penalty will be counted as a second or subsequent penalty if it was issued within 3 years of a previous penalty or warning letter.

The reports will provide a reference tool for the public as well as for corporate partners and other stakeholders.

The agency added that they will continue to publish details of operations to tackle illegal working and immigration abuse on a case-by-case basis. Source: UK Border Agency.

The quarterly report for the London and South East area reveals that almost all the offenders were independent restaurants and takeaways, with the exception of Dominos Pizza.

Employers should be aware of the pitfalls when employing non-EU and EU workers.

This year government introduced a cap on non-EU migration and has restricted students in private colleges from working.

Employers looking for staff, for instance in the care industry, are increasingly turning to EU member workers from Eastern Europe.

However, not all EU members have the same rights to work in the UK and getting it wrong could result in a hefty fine.

Employers are often unaware of the distinct difference between ‘A8’ nationals (Polish, Latvian, Slovakian, Czechs, Hungarians, Slovenians Lithuanians and Estonians), who joined the EU in 2004 and more recent members from Bulgaria and Romania. Although both groups have the same rights to freely enter the UK, they do not enjoy the same rights to work, or free movement of labour.

Despite the fact that they are EU members, when it comes to employment Bulgarian and Romanian citizens do not have the same rights as other Europeans, for instance from Poland, Slovakia or other A8 Accession countries. See: Free Movement of EU nationals explained.

British businesses would like to recruit Romanian, Bulgarian and other European workers, as the Government’s cap on migration, combined with newly imposed restrictions on Tier 2 and Tier 4 routes, has made it increasing difficult to recruit non-EU staff (on work permits and student visas).

Bulgarians and Romanians coming to the UK on Yellow Card registration permits can work and study full time on vocational courses such as NVQ or QCF courses in Health and Social Care

Leading NVQ and vocational course provider Majestic College has seen a large increase in the number of students from Bulgaria and Romania this year. The college helps students through the yellow card process and arranges work placements for NVQ/QCF Health and Social Care learners.

See also:

Romanian Gangmaster Sara Recruitment loses licence for self-employment sham

How Romanians and Bulgarians working illegally without Yellow Card or papers can legalise their status in the UK

Yellow or Blue Card Refused – Appeal or Reapply?

Overseas students and workers can qualify for a tax refund

Employment restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians extended until end of 2013

7 tips for completing a Yellow Card BR1 application to work and study in the UK

Settlement in UK to be linked to a minimum salary of £31,000 says Immigration Minister

Romanian workers offered UK jobs while 2.7 million claim benefits

Immigration and visa fees to rise again

Immigration fraudsters jailed

EU and non-EU workers take more UK jobs as number of Britons in work plunges

Health care workers needed in UK now

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: or visit

Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email

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8 Responses to “UK Border Agency name and shame employers who employ illegal workers”
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  1. hi there is a illegal guy walkin about without a care in the world and the police or immagration officer dont give a dam so many illegal people walkin about in the southside of glasgow i am sick of them they take all our jobs because there cheap labour so someone please do something and get rid of all illegal people especially the affganis

  2. Please I would like to say there are some good companies out there that are legal and all above bored and being slandered by cssiw I have proof …they are a law unto themselves and like to think they can lie and accuse little businesses that they are running a business that they have accused of .. Which is not true ..they say my business is a care agency to all businesses and my clients and that I’m illegal … I must state I AM NOT A CARE AGENCY of any sort … I’m a skin company I look after people’s skin and stop muscle spasms and rehydrate the skin also massage with cream .. And are currently taking anatomy and ohisiology level 3 and body and massage courses to learn how to use the correct oils .. I will receive 3 diplomas and have anitials after my name …everything I do is legal “cssiw are going to be sewed …for slander ..

  3. how to report a company hiring students full-time if the information i only got is the name of the person who is working there?

  4. shrishtina says :

    The strict rules and regulations that are introducing in UK for students is fine. but The students from private college should get at least 10 hours work weekly. This is injustice to the students studying in private college.I am not saying that the UKBA are wrong. i just feel that students must be allowed to work at least minimum hours weekly.I request that fair rules and laws will be introduce in future.

    thank you

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  7. neha sharma says :

    i want to tell u a person whose name is harinder singh
    student of west london business college he works full time in apizza hut ,night shift the pizza hut is in hayes town ,mount road bus stop he says when immigration come and ask me i say i m on trail but he is working here 1year 6 months full time his shift starts 5.30pm sometime he has a holiday on tuesday

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