Pizza Hut has been fined for its illegal worker usePizza Hut has defended the quality of its HR department, after it was fined for the recruitment of illegal workers.

The Italian eatery chain was found to have an illegal worker employed at both its Reading and Hounslow outlets in west London and was fined £5,000 for each incident.

And figures from the UK Border Agency reveal that Pizza Hut is not alone, with 1,161 firms being fined nearly £10 million over the last 16 months as a result of recruiting a total of 2,058 illegal workers.

However, a spokesperson for Pizza Hut said: “This particular incident took place almost a year ago at one of our franchised stores. We have since ensured that all our franchisees have reviewed their processes, in order to prevent this happening again.”

The UK Border Agency is responsible for controlling migration in the country and enforcing immigration and customs regulations.

It also considers applications for permission to enter or stay in the UK, citizenship and asylum.