19 September 2018

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) has begun work on an inspection of how the Home Office is tackling illegal working.

The ICIBI last reported on illegal working in December 2015. That report, which can be found at https://bit.ly/2D4Nhsw, explained the difficulties of coming to grips with this issue.

It said: “There are no reliable estimates for the numbers of migrants working illegally in the UK. They try to stay beneath the radar, and their employers are either negligent in respect of their obligations to check their employees’ ‘right to work’ or complicit in hiding such work from the authorities.”

The report went on to make eight recommendations with an emphasis on operational training, supervision and assurance.

This latest inspection will examine how the Home Office has reacted focusing on its current policies, strategy, planning, guidance and operational practice in relation to tackling this ongoing problem.

To inform the scope of the inspection, the ICIBI is keen to receive written evidence from employers and others with relevant knowledge, expertise or first-hand experience of this subject.

It has therefore launched a public consultation which is open for comments until 28 September 2018.

The Inspectorate’s “established interested parties” will shortly be asked for their input but anyone is free to submit comments or evidence by emailing chiefinspector@icinspector.gsi.gov.uk.