False self-employment:The case of Ukrainian migrants in London’s construction sector


This article, presenting qualitative accounts of Ukrainian fake business owners, highlights how migrants engage in bogus self-employment in the UK. Their experiences problematise notions of legality and binary depictions of migrant workers as “victims or villains”, demonstrating that migrants see their illegal status as a transient stage before gaining legal status.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/irj.12199
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Aston India Centre for Applied Research
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Vershinina, N. A., Rodgers, P., Ram, M., Theodorakopoulos, N., and Rodionova, Y. (2018) False self-employment: the case of Ukrainian migrants in London's construction sector. Industrial Relations Journal, 49: 2–18, which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irj.12199.  This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: work informality, illegality, fake self-employment,migrants, vulnerability
Publication ISSN: 1468-2338
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2023 08:46
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2018 09:30
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2018-03-09
Published Online Date: 2018-02-27
Accepted Date: 2017-11-27
Authors: Vershinina, Natalia A.
Rodgers, Peter
Ram, Monder (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1901-6654)
Theodorakopoulos, Nick (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-2262-0054)
Rodionova, Yulia



Version: Accepted Version

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