National Campaign Launched to Help Tackle Illegal Working in Construction

Considerate Constructors Scheme launches ‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’ campaign, as industry survey finds:


  • 33% of construction industry suspect illegal working had been present at a previous or current employer


  • 81% believe illegal working has been on the rise over the past 15 years


  • 93% agreed illegal working could be better tackled in the construction industry


London, United Kingdom, 28 March 2017: The national campaign ‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’ has been launched by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.


The Scheme – 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:

  • 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% agreed that health and safety was placed at greatest risk as a result of illegal working.

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:

  • Are there processes in place to ensure subcontractors (and subsequent subcontractors) are conducting right to work checks?
  • Are physical spot checks conducted to ensure minimum standards of right to work checks are taking place within the supply chain?

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.”

Click here to read Spotlight on…illegal workers.

  • Kenneth Booth, Magazine Manager

    With 15 years behind his belt in this sector, Kenneth has a keen interest in the construction and management of buildings, striving to learn more and more with each passing year. As a member of the launch team for Building Design & Construction Magazine, Kenneth has seen and followed some of the industry’s leading stories; whether it be the laying of the foundations for Heathrow’s terminal 5, the design and build of the Shard all the way through to the organisation and management of London 2012 Olympics, he's been there for the entire journey. Kenneth handles the majority of the sponsored and advertorial content, pushing the envelope of businesses looking to use Building Design & Construction as a mode of communication for their marketing agenda. With a profound understanding of how construction and property professionals can best put the right foot forward, Kenneth is able to support, and guide the marketing agenda of businesses of all shapes and sizes.

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