Czech construction sector riddled with illegal workers

Czech construction sector riddled with illegal workers

Published at: 2018-10-05 10:29 | Author: CIJEurope.com
The top managers of construction companies in the Czech Republic believe that as much as 14 percent of all labor is carried out illegally. "Black work", as it's called, has become a necessary evil in the minds of many of the top managers polled by CEEC Research, which spoke with 102 construction companies for its most recent survey. While 40 percent of their top executives believe the black work is the exception, rather than the rule, 57 percent believe it's either usual or common. The trend is being driven by the same lack of workers that's hit the entire economy. "Employing workers illegally is more common with smaller companies, the bigger companies are more concerned about their brand and it's a far greater reputational risk for them," Jiří Vacek, CEEC Research direct, told Lidové noviny. He said that along with foreigners who did unofficial work because they lacked the proper working documents, many people who had declared bankruptcy were looking for undeclared sources of income.

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