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9 August 2023

The Home Office will be tripling illegal worker fines in 2024

As of 13 February 2024, the Home Office will be tripling fines for businesses who are employing illegal migrants. This comes as part of efforts to discourage migrants entering the UK.
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Illegal worker fine

What has changed?

Fines for employers who have hired illegal migrants to work for their business have increased to £45,000 per worker. The fine was previously £15,000. 

Repeat offenders will now be fined £60,000, which is an increase from the previous £20,000.

Additionally, landlords have faced increased fines as well. Those who let illegal migrants stay in their property will be fined up to £5,000 per lodger and up to £10,000 per occupier. This is an increase from £80 per lodger and £1,000 per occupier.

Repeat offenders will be fined £10,000 per lodger and £20,000 per lodger. This is an increase from £500 and £3,000 respectively.

These changes have come into effect from 13 February 2024 onwards. 

Why are the fines increasing?

The Government stated that illegal working and renting are large factors in migrants attempting to cross the English Channel. 

The Government hopes the increased fines will deter businesses and landlords from hosting undocumented migrants, as well as discourage people from trying to cross the channel.

What does this mean for businesses and landlords?

As a result of these changes, employers will have to be extra careful and review their recruitment processes. Otherwise, they may receive hefty fines if they are found to have illegal workers.

Find out more in our right to work guide. 

The online check for an individual’s right to work, or right to rent, only takes a few minutes. 

Find out more in our right to rent guide.

So far, businesses have been given 5,000 fines since 2018. The illegal worker fines currently total £88.4 million. Landlords, however, have been issued with 320 fines that currently total £215,500. With the increase in fines, these numbers will no doubt go up.

Future changes to illegal worker fines

The Home Office will be considering future actions that can be taken against businesses with illegal workers. They also plan on running public consultations for input on the monitoring of businesses. 

We will provide future updates when the Government announces more information.

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