Inspectors uncovered 2,924 illegal workers

Some illegal workers were foreigners with and without residence permits.

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A total of 25,931 inspections aimed at uncovering illegal labour took place last year, according to a report on combating illegal labour in 2016 that was presented by the Labour Ministry and acknowledged by the cabinet at its session on April 11.

Labour inspectors checked 23,416 employers and 60,349 employees.

“Inspections revealed that 1,311 employers were violating the illegal employment ban by illegally employing 2,924 private individuals,” reads the ministry’s report, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

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The number of illegally employed people found last year was the highest in four years. While 2,924 people were found last year, the figure was 2,686 in 2015, which means an increase of 8.86 percent year-on-year. The figure for 2013 was 1,323, while in 2014 it was 2,335.

“The total of 2,924 illegally employed private individuals [in 2016] included 900 illegally employed women and 2,024 men,” the ministry added, as quoted by TASR. “Of these, 45 were illegally employed young people (between 15-18 years of age), while 178 were illegally employed foreigners who had a residence permit in Slovakia. Forty-two foreigners who did not have a residence permit were working illegally in Slovakia.”

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