The Scheme launches campaign to tackle illegal working in construction

The ­problem of illegal workers in the construction industry is the focus of the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s new ‘Spotlight on…’ campaign.

A survey conducted by the Scheme of over 550 people working across the industry found that 93% believed illegal working could be better tackled in the construction industry, while 61% admitted they have not received – or rarely receive – information on illegal working.

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.

Working in conjunction with the Home Office, this ‘Spotlight on…’ campaign 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.

A number of Scheme-registered contractors have provided case studies on how they tackle this issue, including: Berkeley Group, Crossrail Limited, FP McCann, Northern Gas Networks and Willmott Dixon.

Survey results:

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)

Click here to read the Scheme’s ‘Spotlight on… illegal workers’