On 9th April 2014 the government announced its latest plans to tackle a number of additional illegal working practices. The plan to increase the civil penalty for employing illegal migrants from £10,000 to £20,000 came into effect at the beginning of May 2014.
Additional measures announced include:
increasing the maximum fine for employers paying below the National Minimum Wage from £5,000 to £20,000, thus bringing this in line with the maximum penalty for employing illegal migrants
new regulations to tackle recruitment agencies which discriminate against UK workers by recruiting solely from abroad. The government will consult on new regulations to require these agencies to advertise vacancies in English in the UK.