Tackling undeclared work database

Undeclared work can be defined as work which is in itself legal but is not declared to the authorities for tax, social security and/or labour law purposes. Across the 28 Member States of the European Union, a great deal of effort is being invested into developing and testing policy measures that aim to tackle undeclared work.

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District employment services for domestic work, Spain

14 Agosto 2013
  • Spain
  In the district of Nazaret in València, an employment office along with a range of other services were created several years ago for women working in domestic services. The initiative was supported by a number of institutions, mainly public and religious, and was managed by an association. The office and services have since evolved and are now offered in a more organised way, and to other groups and occupations. The initiative promotes the creation of employment and of formal work contracts.
  • Type of measure:

    Legitimising undeclared work

Social partner agreements to fight undeclared work, Germany

03 Giugno 2013
  • Germany
  In 2004, the Federal Ministry of Finance and the social partners in the construction sector joined forces to fight undeclared work on construction sites. This first agreement was followed by similar agreements in other sectors. The two latest social partner agreements cover painters (2010) and the industrial textile services sector (2012), aimed at curbing the incidence of undeclared work through the exchange of information, regular visits to establishments checking for cases undeclared work and monitoring the adherence to minimum wages.  
  • Type of measure:

    Changing attitudes: awareness raising

Action plans to combat undeclared work, Latvia

02 Giugno 2013
  • Latvia
 
  • Type of measure:

    Deterrence: increase penalties, Legitimising undeclared work, Prevention

Illegal Work Leaves Traces campaign, Montenegro

02 Giugno 2013
  • Montenegro
  In order to counter undeclared work in the Montenegrin tourism sector, the hotel industry and the Montenegrin government launched a joint campaign. The campaign sought to highlight that unfair trade damages markets and legal business, destroys social and socio-political relations and is detrimental to all citizens and to the Montenegrin community. The campaign encouraged citizens to actively stand up and join the fight against undeclared work.   Background
  • Type of measure:

    Changing attitudes: awareness raising, Changing attitudes: commitment to tax morality

Trade union study on the informal economy, Romania

02 Giugno 2013
  • Romania
  The National Trade Union Bloc carried out a study evaluating the magnitude of the informal economy and its impact on the Romanian labour market. According to the study, informal employment in Romania in March 2011 involved 2.9 million persons, 31.4% of total employment, while employment in the informal sector accounted for 1.2 million persons, 13.1% of total employment.  
  • Type of measure:

    Changing attitudes: awareness raising

Law against wage and social dumping, Austria

02 Giugno 2013
  • Austria
  On 1 May 2011, the seven-year transitional period banning workers from eight new central and eastern European Member States from entering the Austrian labour market ended. In order to prevent social and wage dumping, a law bringing in stricter controls and penalties for these offences was introduced. However, the law leaves a loophole for companies refusing to disclose wage documentation. Administrative fines for this offence are much smaller than are the penalties for wage and social dumping.  
  • Type of measure:

    Deterrence: increase penalties

Reverse VAT in construction, Finland

02 Giugno 2013
  • Finland
  Reverse VAT is a system used in the construction sector in which VAT is paid by the buyer (main contractor) as opposed to the seller (subcontractors), as is usually the case. The purpose is to ensure the due collection of VAT and discourage the use of undeclared work.  
  • Type of measure:

    Legitimising undeclared work, Prevention

Information and awareness-raising campaign, Lithuania

02 Giugno 2013
  • Lithuania
  In order to tackle the issue of undeclared work more effectively, in 2009 the State Labour Inspectorate placed greater emphasis on business consulting, public information and awareness-raising. The activities were implemented through various media channels, such as radio, television, press, internet, information screens in shopping centres and public transport. According to the inspectorate, the intensified public information campaign created a zero tolerance attitude towards undeclared work in society.  
  • Type of measure:

    Changing attitudes: awareness raising, Changing attitudes: commitment to tax morality

Services vouchers, Belgium

02 Giugno 2013
  • Belgium
  On 1 January 2004, the Belgian federal government launched a system of services vouchers in a new attempt to boost job creation by promoting the demand for domestic services and proximity services and to offer an alternative to the local employment agencies’ scheme.  
  • Type of measure:

    Legitimising undeclared work

Hotline to report illegal temporary agencies, Netherlands

02 Giugno 2013
  • Netherlands
  In March 2012 the Inspectorate of the Ministry of Social Affairs opened a hotline to report illegal or rogue temporary employment agencies. The hotline responds to the complaints of both the companies working with temporary employment agencies and to victims' complaints. It is part of a broad, inclusive approach, in which several ministries and the branch itself cooperate. If necessary, Interpol can be called in and an agreement has been reached with the Flemish government.  
  • Type of measure:

    Deterrence: improve detection, Deterrence: increase penalties

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