Employers in the UK are required under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 to carry out certain checks when taking on a new employee. 

To prevent illegal working the UK, employers must carry out document checks on people before employing them to make sure they are allowed to work. 

  • you must see the original documents
  • check the documents are valid
  • keep copies of the documents and record the date checked

You can use the document checking tool at https://www.gov.uk/legal-right-work-uk

There is also guidance available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/right-to-work-checks-employers-guide for carrying out the right to work checks.


Fines for illegal working

In the quarter ending 31 March 2018 the Home Office issued fines with a total of £7,645,000 for illegal working. Over £4million was issued in the London and South East region alone. 

637 illegal workers were found throughout the UK in this period.