A recent study has revealed that illegal work in the building and trades sectors accounts for around a fifth of Berlins gross domestic product, while up to half of those working on the capitals building sites are being paid off-the-books. Construction industry association Fachgemeinschaft Bau, one of the groups behind the study, claims that high taxes have contributed to the steady growth of the black economy in Germany, which this year pulled in 17.5 billion in the capital alone. The situation is particularly acute in the construction industry although other sectors including the hotel and restaurant trade, hairdressing, house cleaning and tutoring are also affected.

Wanted in Europe
Wanted in Europe
Wanted in Europe, part of the Wanted Worldwide network, is a website in English for expatriates in Europe established in 2006. We cover Europe's news stories that may be of interest to English speaking residents along with tourists as well. Our publication also offers classifieds, photos, information on events, museums, churches, galleries, exhibits, fashion, food, and local travel.
Previous article New out-of-hours healthcare for Paris
Next article New city maps.