In an interview with the Times, James Brokenshire, Immigration Minister, has confirmed that this autumn there will be a renewed and concerted round of Home Office raids and checks carried out, with particular emphasis on building sites, contract cleaners and care homes.
Mr Brokenshire commented: “Rogue employers who give jobs to illegal migrants are denying work to UK citizens and legal migrants and helping drive down wages." He went on to say that employers who illegally employ migrants will be “hit from all angles” in order to “take away the unfair advantage” gained.
It has been suggested that the raids will be in the hundreds.
The initiative will involve the Home Office acting in concert with HM Revenue and Customs, the Gangmasters’ Licensing Authority, the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate, the Care Quality Commission and the Health and Safety Executive, with the stated intention of creating a hostile environment for illegal working.