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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Network Services project, Italy

02 Giugno 2013
  • Italy
  This initiative was implemented in 2011–2012 with a view to preventing undeclared work in the Italian ‘convergence’ regions of Calabria, Campania, Puglia and Sicily. It involved a traineeship programme targeted at Italian and European citizens in the construction, tourism and agriculture sectors who were unemployed or inactive. The project provided some 1,700 two-month traineeships aimed at enhancing job prospects and promoting skills acquisition.  

Inspection strategy in agriculture and construction, Italy

02 Giugno 2013
  • Italy
  In 2010, the Italian Ministry of Labour launched a special inspection strategy to fight undeclared work in agriculture and construction in four southern Italian regions. The project aimed to introduce an integrated and targeted inspection system to improve the effectiveness of controls and increase detection rates.   Background On 28 January 2010, the Italian government launched a special inspection strategy in the agriculture and construction sectors in the regions of Calabria, Campania, Puglia and Sicily to fight undeclared work.
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    Deterrence: improve detection

Tool to measure labour costs in construction, Italy

02 Giugno 2013
  • Italy
  The social partners in the construction sector defined a set of ‘appropriateness’ parameters in October 2010 to be used to assess the regularity of firms in terms of the incidence of labour on total costs. The parameters are designed to promote the regularisation of undeclared work. At present, an experimental phase is still under way.  
  • Type of measure:

    Deterrence: improve detection

Regularisation of undeclared work, Italy

03 Ottobre 2011
  • Italy
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Certification of labour compliance, Italy

28 Ottobre 2009
  • Italy
  The Documento Unico di Regolarità Contributiva (DURC) is a document certifying construction companies’ regular payments of social contributions. Based on a single application, DURC is a certificate of the company’s compliance with the obligation to pay social security, welfare and insurance contributions.  
  • Type of measure:

    Deterrence: increase penalties

Spinner, Italy

28 Ottobre 2009
  • Italy
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Regulations to promote regular employment, Italy

28 Ottobre 2009
  • Italy
  In 2001, the government passed a law promoting the regularisation of employment through the provision of substantial incentives. The government’s move was based on the assumption that undeclared work existed due to the high level of taxes and contributions to be paid. The law targeted companies, workers and employers throughout the country. The principal objectives were to enhance social security services for workers, improve tax compliance, combat unfair competition, and reduce the level of undeclared work.  
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    Changing attitudes: commitment to tax morality, Legitimising undeclared work, Prevention

Realignment contracts, Italy

28 Ottobre 2009
  • Italy
  The 1990 law on realignment contracts provided for trade unions and employer organisations in the south of Italy to agree on a minimum wage at provincial level (no less than 25% of the national minimum wage and adjusted within three years to 100% of the national minimum wage). It aimed at reducing the burden of tax and social contributions for employers and workers during that period, while not penalising past non-compliance in terms of tax, workplace safety and social welfare contributions.  
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    Changing attitudes: awareness raising, Prevention

Combating undeclared work and promoting safety in construction, Italy

28 Ottobre 2009
  • Italy
To combat undeclared work and improve workplace safety in the building industry, Article 36bis of Law No. 248/2006 introduced ‘Urgent measures to fight undeclared labour and to promote safety measures in workplaces’. A number of sanctions can be applied to employers found to be using undeclared labour.
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Inspection drive to combat undeclared work in construction sector, Italy

28 Ottobre 2009
  • Italy
A new measure encourages the regularisation of undeclared work by increasing inspection activity, suspending work to companies using irregular work, and issuing administrative and civil sanctions. The legislation aims to regulate the occupational status of workers with regard to pay and social insurance contributions, and to regularise the position of immigrant workers without stay permits but employed on construction sites.
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