London Raids of Illegal Cleaners…..

In August it was The House of Commons, now, only a few days ago Hamley’s Toy Store in Regent Street, London was found to have cleaners working in it that are illegal immigrants.

The cleaning company from Essex, who has the cleaning contract at Hamley’s in London, has been found to have several workers employed by them who are not eligible to work here in the UK.

Illegal immigrants are often forced to work for below the minimum wage and are frequently victims of trafficking.

Illegal working has a serious impact, taking jobs from those allowed to work.  These employers often bypass important health and safety training which, in the cleaning industry is paramount to the safety of your cleaning operatives and your clients own staff. 

Employers found guilty of using illegal migrants face a fine of up to £10,000 for each one.

Doing these raids in London will uncover, name and shame the cleaning companies who regularly employ staff who are unable to work in the UK and whom they are paying below the minimum wage for long hours.  These companies give bonafide cleaning contractors a bad name and tarnishes our industry, sometimes making it hard to compete in a very competetive market for lucrative cleaning contracts.   

We pride ourselves at Shipshape for the way we treat our staff.  From the selection process and interviewing experience our management team has, to our vetting of cleaning staff. We give all our staff full on the job training and support. Completing a full induction on the site, including a COSHH chemical induction.

We always pay above the minimum wage, offer incentives including monthly performance related bonuses on some sites, cleaning team of the month, and employee of the year!

We really do value our staff who are hardworking and loyal to us.

We also, as a matter of course, do all the necessary checks to ensure a prospective employee can work for us, so we stick to the employment rules of the UK.

We want to be your cleaning company of choice…..and work in partnership with you in an ethical manner.

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