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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First Business programme, Poland

28 Oktober 2009
  • Poland
  The ‘First Business’ (Pierwszy biznes) programme was launched in July 2005, and complemented the ‘First Job’ (Pierwsza praca) programme launched in June 2002. The ‘First Business’ programme focuses on supporting and promoting entrepreneurship and self-employment among young people. The programme is still ongoing and mainly targets secondary school graduates aged below 25 years and university graduates aged below 27 years.  
  • Type of measure:

    Legitimising undeclared work, Prevention

Gangmasters Licensing Authority, United Kingdom

28 Oktober 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

Employment legality controls, Poland

28 Oktober 2009
  • Poland
  One measure that aims to curb the trend towards undeclared work and other forms of illegal economic activities involves the inspection of companies, employees and their organisations – in other words, trade unions and employer organisations – by employment legality inspectors. This measure was based on legislation introduced in 1995 and is still ongoing. It is implemented by government regional offices throughout Poland.  
  • Type of measure:

    Deterrence: improve detection, Prevention

Certification of labour compliance, Italy

28 Oktober 2009
  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, Prevention

‘Work legally’ campaign, Bulgaria

28 Oktober 2009
  • Bulgaria
  The ‘work legally’ campaign was initiated in 2008 by the government. Prior to this, the fight against the informal economy and undeclared work was supported by all central employer organisations and trade unions at a number of seminars and workshops. The initiative has been implemented in two main ways: through an information campaign and through the monitoring of specific companies. Special attention has been paid to informing workers about the negative effects of undeclared work and to highlighting the sanctions for offending employers.  
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VAT Incentive Scheme, United Kingdom

28 Oktober 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

Joint action to detect and prevent undeclared work, Slovenia

28 Oktober 2009
  • Slovenia
The Slovenian government has increased workplace inspections and supervision visits in an effort to identify and combat undeclared work. This measure is being carried out in accordance with the 2000 Act on Prevention of Undeclared Work and Employment. The initiative is steered by the Government Commission for detecting and preventing illegal work and employment; this body considers that the measure is efficient as the extent of the problem is on the decrease.
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First Job programme, Poland

28 Oktober 2009
  • Poland
  The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (Ministerstwo Pracy i Polityki Społecznej) designed a ‘First Job’ programme (Programu aktywizacji zawodowej absolwentow), which sought to protect secondary school graduates against unemployment and thereby reduce the scale of youth unemployment. This measure aimed at curbing the supply of undeclared workers by reducing the number of unemployed young people. The programme lasted from June 2002 until December 2005.  
  • Type of measure:

    Prevention

Campaign against undeclared work in hotels and restaurants, Portugal

28 Oktober 2009
  • Portugal
  In 2007, the Northern Hotels Trade Union in Portugal started a campaign against informal and undeclared work (Campanha Contra Trabalho Clandestino e Trabalho Não Declarado). The campaign was based on a survey which found that a significant number of restaurants and beverage establishments in the northwestern Minho Region relied on such work. Overall, the initiative was well received and achieved some positive results.  
  • Type of measure:

    Changing attitudes: awareness raising

Social partner cooperation agreement, Estonia

28 Oktober 2009
  • Estonia
  A roundtable meeting on Estonia’s widespread problem of undeclared work was held in January 2005. The social partners, public institutions and social security bodies participating in the meeting signed an agreement of joint activities aiming to decrease the extent of this practice. These activities mainly involve increasing public awareness of the negative consequences of undeclared work. The agreement was signed by 10 organisations, which together represent a significant proportion of the Estonian labour market.  
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  • Type of measure:

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

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