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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Labour Inspectorate controls, Ireland

02 Czerwiec 2013
  • Ireland
  Ireland’s Labour Inspectorate plays a major role in regulating the Employment Permits Acts to prevent undeclared work relating to the illegal employment of foreign workers. Inspections also provide an opportunity to inform employers of the requirements of legislation, discuss best practice for compliance and deal with queries they may have.  
  • Type of measure:

    Deterrence: improve detection

Revenue Commissioners’ strategy on tax evasion, Ireland

02 Czerwiec 2013
  • Ireland
  This measure concerns the activities of Ireland’s Revenue Commissioners in ensuring tax compliance during 2011, with a particular focus on its targeted ‘shadow economy’ activities. The activities targeted particular sectors and occupations such as construction, bars and restaurants, landlords/rental sector and white-collar professionals.  
  • Type of measure:

    Deterrence: improve detection

Back to work enterprise allowance, Ireland

02 Czerwiec 2013
  • Ireland
  The Back to work enterprise allowance is an activation measure aimed at promoting self-employment and acting as a disincentive to the so-called ‘shadow economy’. It is designed to encourage the long-term unemployed to take up self-employment opportunities by allowing them to retain a proportion of their social welfare payment plus other benefits over a two-year period. An evaluation by consultants indicates that the scheme was quite successful in terms of creating employment.  
  • Type of measure:

    Legitimising undeclared work, Prevention

Hidden economy monitoring group, Ireland

28 Październik 2009
  • Ireland
  This case example describes the role of the ‘Hidden economy monitoring group’ in tackling undeclared work. The group is part of a broader legal employment rights framework concluded by the government and the social partners under Ireland’s social partnership agreements. It has been accompanied by a number of other measures designed to tackle the informal economy, including the enactment of the Employment Law Compliance Bill.  
  • Type of measure:

    Changing attitudes: awareness raising, Deterrence: improve detection, Deterrence: increase penalties, Prevention

Public sector procurement policy, Ireland

28 Październik 2009
  • Ireland
  This case on public sector procurement policy focuses on the reduction of undeclared work in Ireland. More generally, it is seen as a mechanism to maintain employment standards in the public sector and uphold statutory norms, notably in relation to construction companies tendering for and engaging in public works contracts. The parties involved are hopeful that such procurement policy measures will deter practices such as undeclared work in private sector companies reliant on winning public sector contracts.  
  • Type of measure:

    Changing attitudes: awareness raising, Deterrence: improve detection, Deterrence: increase penalties, Prevention