At Prestige, we’re always looking to ensure that we protect our clients – and that we only provide them with candidates who have the right to work in the UK.
In August 2018, as part of our ongoing investment in training, we had a visit from a Home Office Immigration Official. He came in to provide the recruitment team with a refresher course designed to ensure we’re up to date with the latest guidelines, and to provide us with some useful tips to prevent illegal workers from registering with us.
In this post, we take a look at the course in a bit more detail, and what we’re doing to protect our clients, before examining the risks and penalties for employing illegal workers.
Investing in Immigration Training
At Prestige, we recruit a lot of candidates from overseas, both for permanent and seasonal positions – which is why it’s so important we take the time to thoroughly check the employment eligibility of everyone that walks through the door.
As part of the one-day course, the Immigration Official visited our team in Hull, providing them with a full refresher and update on the latest best practice.
During the day, we got some hands on training on the checking process, and were given some great pointers on how to spot the warning signs of false documentation. We then discussed some of the recent and upcoming changes to immigration policy, and how these might impact on our recruitment practice in the future.
It was really beneficial for the whole team, helping us to develop the skills and confidence needed to effectively screen overseas candidates.
Employing illegal workers – the risks
There are huge risks to knowingly employing illegal workers in a UK business.
If you have reason to believe that a worker doesn’t have permission to be in the UK, their leave to stay has expired, they aren’t allowed to complete the work they are doing or their papers are incorrect or forged, you could face unlimited fines, and a 5-year jail sentence.
You can also face big penalties if you’ve failed to complete the correct background checks on your employees, and they are found to be ineligible to work. The penalty could be a fine of up to £20,000 per employee. In addition, your business details could be published by Immigration Enforcement as a warning to other businesses – which could have a real impact on your business reputation.
Robust Immigration Checks
At Prestige, we take our responsibility to determining the right of candidates to work in the UK very seriously.
Conducting thorough checks on every individual and all the relevant documentation in line with the latest best practice, Home Office guidelines, we work tirelessly to ensure that only candidates with the right to work in the UK are ever put forward to our clients.
This gives our clients the confidence and peace of mind to come to us, safe in the knowledge that we are protecting their business and minimising the risk of illegal workers.
Our comprehensive documentation process also means a full paper trail and evidence that all checks have been completed in the right way – providing a strong defence to fall back on in the unlikely event that an ineligible worker may slip through the net.
Responsible and compliant recruitment support from Prestige
At Prestige Recruitment, we have an excellent track record in supporting businesses across a wide range of industries – providing a sustainable, fully compliant supply of eligible workers from across the UK and overseas.
Working with clients to create and deliver an effective recruitment strategy that meets requirements exactly, we work tirelessly to ensure our clients’ personnel needs are met in full.
Where clients need large volumes of low-skilled workers, we push hard to fill these roles quickly, conducting targeted, localised recruitment drives and active marketing programmes that are proven to deliver results.
For additional information, please contact your local Prestige office today.