This research examines the stance of construction industry professionals on the current state of corruption within the UK construction industry. This report centres on whether corruption is perceived to be a problem within the UK construction industry, what practices are deemed to be corrupt, and which parts of the construction process may be susceptible to corruption.
The report also seeks to gauge awareness of anti-corruption legislation and training, as well as gather views on whether industry and government are doing enough to tackle corruption.
The findings from this research indicate that the majority believes that corrupt practices exist in the UK construction industry, particularly in relation to fraud and bribery. However, 20% of respondents note that the practice of cover pricing is not corrupt. Of those, most comments suggest the practice is often adopted as a necessity, since it allows contractors to remain on tender lists and ensure future work opportunities. Furthermore, the majority believes the practice should not be confused with cartel activity, such as bid-rigging and price fixing. 43% of the sample feel that corruption can occur at all stages of the construction process, whilst 35% suggest that the pre-qualification and tendering phase is the most susceptible to corruption. Comments indicate that bribery and collusion are the most likely to occur here, particularly when selecting favoured contractors.