Author: Hannah Finch
Devon and Cornwall businesses were fined £145,000 for employing workers illegally between July and September of last year.
Figures show that in Cornwall, £10,000 of fines were issued in East Looe and £30,000 in Falmouth.
In Devon, £45,000 fines were issued in Honiton, £20,000 in Newton Abbot and £40,000 in Plymouth.
Businesses in the South West had to pay out £345,000 worth of fines, with the most owed by business owners in Sherwood and Trowbridge of £60,000.
According to the survey of 2,800 business owners by online vetting and screening company uCheck , a third of British business owners (33.1%) feel empathetic toward those who are working illegally in the country, and out of those respondents, 22.1% are of the view that immigrants are ‘just trying to earn a living’, while 11% feel that the illegal workers ‘deserve the right to work’.
Where were the illegal work fines issued in Devon and Cornwall?
East Looe £10,000
Newton Abbot £20,000
uCheck’s study found that those in the charity sector were the most compassionate toward illegal workers, though only just over half (52.4%) felt empathy for those trying to earn a living illegally. The legal industry also took a similar stance, with a high 47.4% of those working in the industry feeling empathetic toward illegal workers.
Only 18.5% of those in the pharmaceutical industry revealed that they feel empathy toward illegal workers. This negative view on illegal workers in Britain was seconded by the retail industry, with only 19.9% stating they feel compassionate toward those illicitly trying to find work in the UK.
uCheck’s study revealed that, overall, UK businesses had to fork out a staggering £4 million to the Home Office in fines between July and September 2017 for employing illegal immigrants in the UK
When broken down by region, uCheck discovered that those in Greater London had to pay £1,200,000 in fines for hiring illegal workers, closely followed by businesses in the South East who racked up £605,000 in fines. North East businesses had the fewest breaches, with fines of £20,000.
George Griffiths, Managing Director of uCheck said: “Our survey results emphasise just how important it is for British businesses to ensure all new hires are legal, which is why we always advise businesses to run Right to Work checks. Failure to do this means you could end up paying the price.
If you’re found guilty of hiring someone who you knew or had ‘reasonable cause to believe’ did not have the right to work in the UK, you can be sent to jail for 5 years and pay an unlimited fine.”