Undocumented Workers

Home Office written question – answered on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalties by type have been issued for employing illegal workers in each of the last five years.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

Information on the number of civil penalties issued to employers for employing illegal workers in the financial years 2012/13 to 2016/17, and for the current financial year to the end of December, is in the attached table. The figures are for all civil penalties issued to employers in the periods shown, as different types of civil penalties do not exist.

Financial yearsNumber of initial penalties issued
2012/131,270
2013/142,149
2014/151,974
2015/162,594
2016/172,933
2017/18 (up to 30/12/17)1,656

Please note the figures are for penalties levied at the initial decision stage which may be reduced, cancelled, increased or reissued at the objection or appeal stage.

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