Despite these changes, there is still a perception in the industry that not enough is being done. In order to gain a more up-to-date and direct representation of industry opinions on the issue of illegal workers, the Scheme gathered information through an industry survey in 2016. Over 550 participants responded, further evidence that the subject is a pressing issue. The following results were identified:

  • 93% agreed illegal working could be better tackled in the construction industry
  • 81% would say illegal working has been on the rise over the past 15 years
  • 61% admitted they have not received – or rarely receive – information on illegal working
  • 33% suspected a chance that illegal working had been present at a previous or current employer
  • 30% believed that health and safety was placed at greatest risk as a result of illegal working (mostly due to the potential language barrier)


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