The UK Government is turning up the heat on employers to ensure they have good immigration compliance regimes in place. On top of last year's doubling of fines, the Immigration Bill expected this coming Autumn is expected to introduce further criminal sanctions for employers who hire illegal workers.

Growth in the pre-employment screening market is evidence that UK employers are increasingly aware of the risks associated with failing to check the background of applicants but it is important that these checks are extended to, indeed start with, a "Right to Work" status check. But getting these checks right, and integrating them into existing business processes, is neither quick nor easy without expert help.

Immigration specialists Davidson Morris are a good source of insight in this area: