Right to Work in the UK: What is a share code?

Right to Work in the UK: What is a share code?

A share code is used by Employers to check that their employees have the legal right to work in the UK.

As an Employer you can be sent to prison for 5 years and have to pay an unlimited fine if you’re found guilty of employing someone who you knew or had ‘reasonable cause to believe’ did not have the right to work in the UK.

This includes, for example, if you had any reason to believe that:

  • they did not have leave (permission) to enter or remain in the UK
  • their leave had expired
  • they were not allowed to do certain types of work
  • their papers were incorrect or false

A first offence you can be fined £45,000 per employee and fines can be up to £60,000 depending on the type of offence.

Employees can get a share code if they have:

  • a biometric residence permit number
  • a biometric residence card number
  • a passport or national identity card

Employees can use this link

to check the right to work status of their employee.

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