Decline in uninsured labor recorded in December
Uninsured labor in Greece dropped to below 20 percent in December, according to data gathered by inspectors from the Social Security Foundation and the Labor Inspection Corps, as checks in sectors traditionally prone to violations found 18.95 percent of employees monitored had not had their employment declared to the authorities.
This compares with a violation rate of 40.7 percent in February 2013 among the same types of employment, these being jobs at hairdressers, restaurants, gas stations and car repair shops, among others. It appears that the strict penalties and high fines, as well as increased inspections have brought about the reduction in undeclared labor.
In the whole of 2013, 21,737 inspections were carried out at enterprises active in sectors with high violation rates, and out of the 72,960 employees checked, 23,153 were found to be uninsured. Checks showed that 8.84 percent of all enterprises inspected (including those in less suspicious sectors) violated the employment declaration rules, although the rate came to 13.05 percent in Attica. Inspectors tend to monitor enterprises about which complaints have been submitted, so the actual rate for all companies breaking the rules is estimated to be lower.