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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Construction Industry Scheme, UK

02 Iunie 2013
  • United Kingdom
  The Construction Industry Scheme was launched as a regulatory measure in 2005 to improve tax compliance within the construction sector. Feedback from the sector suggests that the measure has been effective in ensuring compliance. However, the measure does not address other aspects of undeclared work in the construction sector such as false declarations of self-employed status.  
  • Type of measure:

    Deterrence: improve detection, Prevention

Joint Fashion Industry Teams, United Kingdom

03 Octombrie 2011
  • United Kingdom
  The creation of Joint Fashion Industry Teams (JoFITs) targeting the clothing and fashion industry was intended to facilitate greater cooperation across central government departments at the operational level. These area-based teams brought together civil servants from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Jobcentre Plus government agency to combat undeclared work in the clothing and fashion industry.  
  • Type of measure:

    Prevention

Gangmaster licensing awareness campaign, United Kingdom

28 Octombrie 2009
  • United Kingdom
  Since October 2006, labour providers in the agri-business industry were required to have a licence. The objective was to curb what was perceived as high levels of undeclared work in these industries and the exploitative employment conditions faced by many workers. In August 2006, therefore a national public advertising campaign was ran on local commercial radio to remind labour providers of the need for them to hold a valid licence and to inform workers that they are entitled to report instances of exploitation.  
  • Type of measure:

    Changing attitudes: awareness raising

Gangmasters Licensing Authority, United Kingdom

28 Octombrie 2009
  • United Kingdom
  Gangmasters are labour providers in the agri-business industry supplying labour to agriculture, horticulture, shellfish gathering and related produce, packaging and processing industries. It became apparent that the activities of certain gangmasters were causing considerable harm both in terms of worker exploitation and lost revenue for the Exchequer. Therefore, in 2005, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) was set up, and as a result, from 1 October 2006, it became an offence for gangmasters to operate without a licence.  
  • Type of measure:

    Prevention

Test-trading scheme, United Kingdom

28 Octombrie 2009
  • United Kingdom
The ‘test-trading scheme’ allows unemployed people to test a business idea for self-employment for a limited time period while continuing to receive their unemployment benefits. The principal objective of this scheme is to provide people who are registered as unemployed with a self-employment route out of unemployment. This measure targeted registered unemployed persons throughout the country.
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Hartlepool ‘informal to formal’ pilot project, United Kingdom

28 Octombrie 2009
  • United Kingdom
The Hartlepool ‘informal to formal’ pilot project aimed to ‘offer’ local undeclared workers a chance to reintegrate themselves into the formal economy with no threat of prosecution. The level of uptake of the ‘offer’ was minimal however. This poor level of impact is likely to be attributable to low levels of trust in public authorities and the limited publicity that the scheme received locally.
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VAT Incentive Scheme, United Kingdom

28 Octombrie 2009
  • United Kingdom
  The main objective of the VAT Incentive Scheme is to encourage businesses that are not registered for VAT to come forward and register by offering them a one-off incentive, within a certain time-limited period – namely, that they would not incur an overdue notification penalty. The initiative targeted these unregistered businesses throughout the UK and ended in September 2003.  
  • Sectors

  • Type of measure:

    Changing attitudes: commitment to tax morality, Legitimising undeclared work

Street UK, United Kingdom

28 Octombrie 2009
  • United Kingdom
  Street UK is a non-profit organisation specialising in the provision of a range of financial services for those who cannot access mainstream credit and banking services. These services include not only the provision of loans but also of business advice and support, enabling micro-enterprises and self-employed people to make the transition from undeclared work into the declared economy.  
  • Type of measure:

    Legitimising undeclared work

Community Links’ approach to undeclared work UK

28 Octombrie 2009
  • United Kingdom
  The UK charity Community Links has developed a research-based approach to the issue of undeclared work that is founded on the idea that it is ‘need not greed’ that motivates many informal workers. This approach has had a high level of success in influencing and reforming public policy strategies regarding undeclared work. Its supportive policy differs significantly from the punitive approach taken previously by the UK public authorities on the topic.  
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Joint Shadow Economy Teams, United Kingdom

28 Octombrie 2009
  • United Kingdom
 
  • Type of measure:

    Deterrence: improve detection, Prevention

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