Cabinet: 2,686 People Found Working Illegally in 2015

Government session headed by Peter Pellegrini (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, April 6 (TASR) – According to a report that the Cabinet discussed at its session on Wednesday, as many as 2,686 people were found to be illegally employed by 1,448 employers in 2015, an increase of 15.03 percent year-on-year.

Supervisory authorities carried out 23,698 checks aimed at identifying illegal labour. “The results of the checks, that is, the number of illegal jobs discovered, are the highest for the past three years,” stated the Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Ministry in the report.

“The number of checks increased by 0.43 percent y-o-y, by 14.53 percent when compared to 2013 and by 95.97 percent when compared to 2012. These data attest to an intensification in the monitoring of illegal labour,” states the ministry.

Special anti-tax evasion unit Cobra helped significantly with uncovering cases of illegal employment, as it tracked down 1,749 illegally employed people (53.57 percent of the total).

Most of the people concerned worked in the construction sector, wholesale, retail, accommodation and in pubs and restaurants. Companies employing between one and nine people are among those that violate the ban on illegal employment most often.

The number and level of fines for illegal labour are also ever increasing. Whereas in 2012 the authorities imposed 312 fines worth a total of €675,050, the figures rose to 993 fines worth €3.4 million in 2015, which represents an increase of 409.38 percent.