The regional government is determined to give workers in whichever sector greater job security. | R.L.

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One in three job contracts studied by employment and social security inspectors this year were fraudulent. Employment minister Iago Negueruela made this announcement today as part of his report of the 2016 inspection campaign and of the plans for 2017.

Up to the end of October, 15,425 inspections were made in the Balearics, an increase of 6.5% over last year. These resulted in the uncovering of 82% more infractions - a total of 1,118. The total value of fines went up from 2.2 million to 2.8 million euros.

Negueruela said that the results show the need to increase inspections of working conditions and of contracts. "The main focus is on temporary and partial working, hours and health."

Between January and October 20,304 temporary contracts were reviewed, and 5,749 were changed to permanent. In terms of hours, 415 fines were issued (154% more than in 2015) because of excessive working.

The most important thing, Negueruela noted, is to focus on objectives and to to continue detecting irregularities so that there is more satisfactory performance in the labour market. He stressed that most companies stick to the rules but observed that there is still too much non-compliance.

Next year, there are more than 17,000 inspections planned that will check on occupational risks, employment and labour relations, irregular working, social security affiliation and foreigners.