Greece: Upsurge in undeclared work in 2015

There was an enormous upsurge in the phenomenon of undeclared work in Greece in 2015.

According to the result of joint inspections (in Greek) carried out by the Labour Inspectorate (SEPE) and the Special Social Security Inspection Service of the Social Security Foundation (IKA, Greece’s main social security institution) for the first four months of 2015, undeclared workers were employed in 17.23% of companies inspected (1,765 out of 10,243). Of the 39,629 employees, 8.88% (3,519) were identified as undeclared workers, with fines imposed amounting to over €37 million.

Inspections (per sector of economic activity) revealed that undeclared workers accounted for 44.8% of employees in the garment industry, 41% in activities providing personal services and 21.54% in sports and leisure/entertainment. The highest figures were recorded in April, when 19.26% of businesses (524 out of 2,720 inspected) were found to be employing undeclared workers. Of the 11,398 employees, 9.7% (1,106) were identified as undeclared workers, with fines imposed amounting to nearly €12 million.

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