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Brussels seminar to group of experts on undeclared work

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Colin C Williams, Professor of Public Policy, has delivered the findings of research commissioned by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions to a group of experts on undeclared work. This research evaluates the policy approaches and measures being used to tackle undeclared work in the 27 EU member states and Norway.

In March 2009, the preliminary findings were presented to a group of experts on undeclared work in Brussels, including European Commission officials responsible for tackling undeclared work, trade union officials, representatives from employer organisations, a range of academic experts and government officials responsible for undeclared work officials from the governments of Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands and Sweden.

This research is being conducted in cooperation with Dr Piet Renooy at Regioplan in the Netherlands. The current project extends an earlier initial study that provided an evaluation of the policy measures being used in five EU member states.

The feedback from this group of experts will now be fed into the final overview report. A  ‘knowledge bank’ which makes available to policy-makers throughout the world up-to-date evaluations of specific policy measures used in particular nations and whether these policy measures are transferable to other contexts, is available at:

Cash-in-hand work and organised crime

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Do those working on a cash-in-hand basis have links with organised crime? To what extent does off-the-books work overlap with the organised crime sector?

The School of Management working in cooperation with the multi-disciplinary Centre for Criminological Research (CCR), as part of the European Commission-funded CRIMPEV network, have been seeking answers to these questions.

To reveal the findings, Professor Joanna Shapland (School of Law, University of Sheffield), Professor Colin C Williams (School of Management, University of Sheffield) and Professor Paul Ponsaers (Ghent University) have guest edited a special issue of the International Journal of Social Economics entitled “The informal economy and its links to organised crime’.

To view this special issue, visit:

Tackling undeclared work in the European Union

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Until now, national governments have found it difficult to know what policy approaches and measures are effective and appropriate when tackling undeclared work. There has been little systematic sharing of information on what works and what does not.

To resolve this, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions employed a team of researchers to begin to create a ‘knowledge hub’. Led by Professor Colin Williams of the School of Management, a review has been published of the effectiveness of the policy measures adopted in five countries – Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom (UK). Further countries will be included over time.

An overview report has also been produced on Tackling Undeclared Work in the European Union to provide a typology of the potential approaches and measures available against which the approaches currently adopted can be compared.

Management School professor to address EU Employment Ministers.

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Professor Colin Williams is to address the Ministers of Employment from all 27 EU nations at an Informal Meeting of the Employment Committee during March 2008. With greater priority being accorded to tackling undeclared work under the new Slovenian EU presidency, Professor Williams has been invited to give a presentation on the potential policy approaches and measures that EU nations might adopt to step up the fight against undeclared work.