MORE THAN half of workers in construction believe corruption is commonplace across the industry, according to a new survey by the Chartered Institute of Building.
Construction News has been given exclusive access to the survey of 1,400 CIOB members, due to be published next month.
Some 34 per cent had encountered cartel activity and 41 per cent had personally been offered a bribe.
CIOB deputy chief executive Michael Brown said: 'The majority of respondents recognised what corruption was and how it can manifest itself, but what is concerning is the level of tolerance to particular corrupt practices.'
Construction Industry Council chief executive Graham Watts called for clearer industry guidelines.
He said: 'The research seems to indicate that people are identifying corruption and keeping quiet about it. There is a need for more education so people would know what to do, and how they would be protected, if they wanted to whistleblow.'
The Office of Fair Trading, which is investigating allegations of anti-competitive practice in construction recruitment, declined to comment.