State inspectors found thousands of illegal workers last year

Labour inspectors and controllers of labour offices uncovered a total of 2,924 illegally employed people last year.

Construction firms are among the worst offenders.Construction firms are among the worst offenders. (Source: SITA)

These people worked for 1,311 employers, according to a report on detecting and suppressing illegal work and illegal employment for the year of 2016, put together by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, and Family.

“The number of illegally employed individuals detected, is the highest compared to the results obtained in the previous three calendar years,” the report reads, as cited by the SITA newswire.

In 2015, the state revealed a total of 2,686 “unregistered” workers, while in 2014, inspectors reported 2,335 illegal employees, and in 2013, the state caught 1,323 people who were employed illegally.

Illegal employment control task force, Cobra, significantly contributed to these results, the report further informs, adding that the number of inspections has also increased..

Last year, inspection bodies made 25,931 inspections checking for illegal employment, with 23,416 employers and 60,349 natural persons being investigated.

From among the industries and branches, the construction sector had the most “black” workers (787), followed by administration and support services (465) and wholesale and retail (407). Most employers violating the rules are those employing between 1 and 9 employees.

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