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Campaign aims to tackle illegal working in construction sector

29 March 2017

An initiative has been launched by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, supported by the Home Office, to tackle the issue of illegal workers within the construction industry.

Launch of the 'Spotlight on . . . illegal workers' campaign follows the publication of results from a survey on the subject of illegal working.

According to the CCS, results included figures such as 93% of respondents agreed that illegal working issues could be dealt with better.

A further 81% thought illegal working has risen over the last 15 year and 61% said they had received little or no information on the subject.

Another worrying result was that 33% suspected that illegal working had been present at a previous or current employer.

Health and safety was also considered to be placed at greatest risk as a result of illegal working, said 30% of respondents.

Support for the 'Spotlight on . . . illegal workers' campaign from the Home Office has included the provision of detailed, practical information how to conduct the correct right to work checks.

It introduced new questions to the 2017 Monitors' Checklist to help employers within the supply chain ensure their workers are entitled to be on site.

Further information is available here.

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