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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HM Revenue & Customs’ campaign to target the hidden economy, United Kingdom

28 Oktober 2009
  • United Kingdom
  HM Revenue & Customs has developed a range of policies to combat undeclared work in the United Kingdom in recent years. These have met with different levels of success, but the organisation’s indicators would suggest that they have received a return in terms of revenue gained that is greatly in excess of the sums invested in the schemes.  
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Employment of migrant workers without work permits, Poland

28 Oktober 2009
  • Poland
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Hartlepool ‘informal to formal’ pilot project, United Kingdom

28 Oktober 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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Regulations for legalising domestic work, Poland

28 Oktober 2009
  • Poland
Domestic work is one area of the Polish labour market which is particularly prone to undeclared work. In 2005, new regulations creating conditions for legalising this form of employment were introduced. However, the initiative failed to produce the desired results, as those targeted by the regulation simply ignored its provisions; as a result, the regulations were eventually repealed by the government in 2006.
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Benefit fraud and investigation directorate, Malta

28 Oktober 2009
  • Malta
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Home improvements subsidy, Denmark

28 Oktober 2009
  • Denmark
  The law on subsidies for carrying out home improvements (Tilskud til forbedring af boliger) was in effect from 1991 to 1995. The actors involved in the implementation of the subsidy included the Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority, as well as construction and building companies registered for value-added tax (VAT). The primary objective was to strengthen employment in the building and construction industry and to reduce the incidence of undeclared work.  
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    Changing attitudes: awareness raising

Community Links’ approach to undeclared work UK

28 Oktober 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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Inspection drive to combat undeclared work in construction sector, Italy

28 Oktober 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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Coordination of undeclared work control, Lithuania

28 Oktober 2009
  • Lithuania
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Clean development scheme, Norway

28 Oktober 2009
  • Norway
‘Clean development’ (Ren Utvikling) is a certification scheme and an industry development programme for companies in the Norwegian cleaning industry. An important feature of the initiative is its emphasis on developing industry practices that are less prone to undeclared work. All of the participating industrial cleaning companies are obliged to provide documentation that their accounts and tax records are in order.
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