New campaign to help tackle illegal working in construction
The ‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’ initiative follows an industry poll which found that a third of the construction sector suspects illegal working has been present at a previous or current employer.
CCS, which makes around 18,000 monitoring visits to construction sites, companies and suppliers every year, surveyed the industry in December 2016 to gauge the issue of illegal working in construction.
The survey revealed:
‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’ provides the construction industry with an essential resource to increase understanding of the risks posed by illegal construction workers, and what can be done to tackle the problem.
The issue of illegal working in construction is a major priority for the Home Office - which recognises the harm illegitimate labour does to the industry. As such, the Home Office has made an important contribution to the ‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’ campaign; providing detailed, practical information about how to conduct the necessary and correct right to work checks.
Earlier this year, the Scheme introduced new questions in the 2017 Monitors’ Checklist to encourage sites, companies and supply chains to examine how they are ensuring the legitimacy of their workforce:
Considerate Constructors Scheme chief executive, Edward Hardy, said: “Ensuring the legitimacy of the workforce is one of the key challenges facing the construction industry today. The industry must work together to ensure that checks for workers’ legitimacy becomes firmly entrenched within all construction activity across the UK.
“By challenging sites to explore how they currently assess and monitor the legitimacy of their workforce, the Scheme believes that in the not-so-distant future, all registered sites, companies and suppliers will have robust procedures in place.
“The Scheme’s ‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’ campaign provides the industry with the ‘go to’ resource to fully understand how it can effectively tackle illegal working, and ultimately help to improve construction’s image and reputation.”