Barometer

Illegal workers do sometimes get caught (including at the Home Office)

Plus: a Twitter snapshot of the Labour leadership struggle; how much sleep Britain gets; missing planes

15 August 2015

9:00 AM

15 August 2015

9:00 AM

Caught working

The government announced a crackdown on illegal workers. How many illegal workers are caught in Britain?
— From October to December last year, 716 illegal workers were caught, 337 in London and the south-east. Among those caught were restaurant workers in Chinatown, a takeaway worker in Norwich, a fish-and-chip shop worker in Lincoln and a shopworker with sideline in counterfeit tobacco in the Forest of Dean.
— In the four years to 2010, 349 were caught working in government departments, councils and the NHS, including 12 in the Home Office. One was caught after spending 19 months working as a security guard, opening the door for ministers and senior civil servants.

Leaders and followers

Who would win the Labour leadership contest if it were decided by the number of Twitter followers?

Jeremy Corbyn 94,200
Andy Burnham 85,400
Yvette Cooper 72,800
Liz Kendall 35,900

And the nascent Tory leadership battle?

Boris Johnson 1.43m*
George Osborne 135,000
Theresa May 0†


*For @MayorofLondon; his personal handle has another 73,200. †She doesn’t tweet.

Wake-up call

Public Health England advised middle-aged people to get more sleep. How much do adults sleep on average?

Less than 5 hours a night 18%
5-6 hours 27%
6-7 hours 26%
7-8 hours 19%
8-9 hours 7%
More than 9 hours 3%

Source: National Sleep Council

Lost planes

French air accident investigators continued to examine a piece of wing washed up on Reunion Island, believed to come from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. Some aircraft of which no trace has been found:
— Pakistan International Airlines flight 404, a Fokker F27, which went missing on a flight from Gilgit to Islamabad in August 1989, with 54 on board. Believed to have crashed in the Himalayas.
— Garuda (Indonesian airline) flight 542, which vanished between Surabaya-Juanda and Sulaiman in 1961 with 26 on board.
— A Skyways flight from Stansted to Jamaica, which went missing on 2 February 1953 with 39 on board.

Got something to add? Join the discussion and comment below.

You might disagree with half of it, but you’ll enjoy reading all of it. Try your first 10 weeks for just $10


Show comments
  • evad666

    How many times have illegal cleaners been used in the MoD?

  • I’m Really Not Very Happy

    I occasionally worked in the evenings in Jobcentres all over London. In several gangs of Columbian cleaners with a gangmaster would arrive each evening. All clearly illegals.

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Working illegally equals punished for working. Work ethic, gimme a break!

    • Labour Mole Catcher

      They are not working—they are stealing.

Close