According to a Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)survey published this week, 51% of UK construction professionals felt that corruption is commonplace within the UK construction industry.
The survey asked over 1,400 construction professionals what type of corrupt practice was most commonly found and examined attitudes of how corrupt they deemed a variety of practices to be. The study also looked at the areas in which respondents felt that corrupt practice was most likely to occur.Seventy-six per cent of respondents regarded the employment of illegal workers as widespread in UK construction; 60% felt that fraud within the industry was prevalent and 41% had been personally offered a bribe.Michael Brown, CIOB deputy chief executive, said: 'People define corruption in different ways. What is corrupt to one person might be common practice or just 'how it's always been done' to another. We wanted our research to take the temperature of UK construction and find out what the perception is from those that work within it and its scale.'While the majority of respondents recognised corrupt practices for what they were, there was a concerning level of people who thought, for example, that producing a fraudulent invoice was not corrupt or that using bribery to obtain a contract was also not a particularly corrupt practice. We clearly have some way to go as an industry to make ethical construction the only construction.'