Project Starting Date: 5 May 2014
Project End Date: 5 May 2016
Project Budget: € 1.155.550,00
ESEP Ltd in consortium with WYG International Ltd, Macedonian Occupational Safety and Health Association (MOSHA) and WYG savjetovanje DOO
State Labour Inspectorate (SLI) and Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP)
To reinforce the efforts of the various relevant national actors involved in the fight against undeclared work and thus contribute to decrease the level of informal employment.
To improve effectiveness and efficiency of the fight against undeclared work in the country by strengthening the capacities of the State Labour Inspectorate (SLI) and improving the systematic and coordinated involvement of the relevant institutional actors and social partners in the fight against undeclared work.
Result 1 Deep and extensive understanding of the phenomena of undeclared work obtained by the realisation and production of a survey;
Result 2 Capacities of SLI regarding its tasks to fight undeclared work strengthened;
Result 3 Social partners’ role in the field strengthened by increasing their involvement in the fight against undeclared work;
Result 4 Policy measures to fight the undeclared work reinforced;
Result 5 Cooperation and communication among relevant stakeholders in the fight against undeclared work enhanced.
- Relevant staff of the State Labour Inspectorate (central office and local offices) and Ministry of Labour and Social Policy;
- Relevant staff of relevant institutional actors (ministries, inspection services and others), involved in the fight against undeclared work, such as Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, Market Surveillance Inspectorate, Sanitary Inspectorate, Public Revenue Office, Employment Service Agency, Centres for Social Work, Central Register, etc;
- Social partners.
Key project activities:
Component 1: Survey on undeclared work
1.1 Gathering information and data necessary to develop the survey’s methodology;
1.2 Preparing methodology, including the sampling method;
1.3 Presenting the methodology to the stakeholders;
1.4 Undertaking necessary arrangements for conducting the survey;
1.5 Carrying out the field work of the survey on undeclared work on a representative sample for a total coverage of the country, including both urban and rural areas;
1.6 Producing a comprehensive well-documented and exhaustive survey report with the research findings from the conducted analysis and recommendations to the relevant stakeholders following the best practices and EU experiences as a contribution to the National Action Plan for Combating the Grey Economy.
Component 2: Strengthening the capacity of the State Labour Inspectorate and other relevant national institutional stakeholders
2.1 Conducting a needs assessment of the State Labour Inspectorate and other relevant institutional actors in the area of fight against undeclared work. The assessment included at minimum assessment of the national legislation, the organisation, the financial and human capacities as well as the skills of the State Labour Inspectorate and of the other relevant institutional actors in the area of the fight against undeclared work.
2.2 Developing a Programme for the State Labour Inspectorate for improving its effectiveness in its fight against undeclared work together with a detailed Work Plan for implementation of the programme. The programme included:
2.2.1 Measures to improve the working organisation, methodology, working processes and procedures within the State Labour Inspectorate as relevant;
2.2.2 Measures to improve inter-institutional cooperation/coordination between stakeholders involved in the fight against undeclared work;
2.2.3 Proposals for measures to fight the most common types of undeclared work (e.g. unregistered self-employed workers, etc);
2.2.4 A specific Work Plan encompassing a training plan for the State Labour Inspectorate and for the other relevant institutional actors aiming at implementing the proposed measures;
2.2.5 Implementing the detailed Work Plan and developing of relevant tools of the State Labour Inspectorate for improvement of its fight against undeclared work. This activity also encompassed implementation of the trainings in relevant technical skills, soft skills, IT or foreign language of all staff in the State Labour Inspectorate.
2.2.6 Assisting the State Labour Inspectorate to deal with/implement the networking and exchange of data with other institutions in more efficient and effective way.
2.2.7 Developing paper with recommendations aiming at the further implementation of the Programme on a mid and long term period. The paper explained the reasons for the proposed recommendations. The paper was presented to the State Labour Inspectorate and other relevant national institutional stakeholders.
Component 3: Involvement of social partners to reduce the number of people engaged in the undeclared work
3.1 Assessing social partners’ capacities to participate actively in the fight against undeclared work;
3.2 Developing new/improved initiatives for effective engagement of social partners in the fight against undeclared work;
3.3 Designing and implementing a training plan for social partners.