Working Life

Illicit work

Illicit work is illegal. Both the employer and employee can be penalised for financial crimes.

Illicit work is unethical. An employer who does not pay tax does not contribute to society. In other words, illicit work is not much different from stealing from others in society.

Every year, the government loses millions of crowns in tax income and employer’s national insurance and social security contributions due to illicit work. This is money that should have been used to help pay for social benefits.

In addition to being illegal and unethical, illicit work can have significant financial and other consequences for the employee:

  • No wages during illness
  • No holiday allowance
  • No accumulation of pension benefits
  • No right to unemployment benefits
  • No occupational accident insurance
  • No possibility to take out a bank loan
  • No employment contract, no references and no documented work experience, making it difficult to find new work


Illicit work is both unethical and illegal!

Working illicitly means working without a contract and without paying any taxes. With illicit work, the employer does not pay the employer’s national insurance nor a social security contribution for the employee.