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Undeclared work in construction investigated

Jan Cremers delivered the basic document and a keynote speech during a one-day seminar (3 May 2017 - Brussels) in the frame of the work of the European Platform Undeclared Work.

He provided an overview of the background literature, and of the prevailing definitions of undeclared work in construction. Following this introduction, he described (earlier) research into the construction sector, general results and findings. Although empirical evidence at sectoral level is still scarce, proxy evidence can be found in some sector-specific studies.

He highlighted the prominent role of moonlighting, i.e. performing undeclared labour alongside a regular job or self-employment. He also gave examples of national initiatives implemented and concluded that a tailor-made policy, specifically adapted to the sector, is needed.

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