How simple employment checks can protect your organisation

How simple employment checks can protect your organisation

Why are employment checks important and what checks should be carried out in addition to the legal requirements? In a recent CIPHR webinar, Tony Machin of Trust ID and Doug Beavis of Credence shared their thoughts

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Why are employment checks important and what checks should be carried out in addition to the legal requirements? In a recent CIPHR webinar, Tony Machin of Trust ID and Doug Beavis of Credence shared their thoughts

Have you ever been lied to during the recruitment process? For HR managers today, the answer is most likely ‘yes’. It’s becoming more common for employers to encounter candidates who want to gain an advantage by forging a degree or, professional qualifications, or by falsifying their employment history. In fact, in our December 2019 poll of webinar attendees, more than 30% of HR professionals said they had encountered candidate fraud in the form of employment discrepancies.

The solution to the rise in candidate fraud – and the simplest way to protect your organisation – is to carry out robust background and pre-employment screening checks beyond just mandatory right-to-work checks.

Here we recap the points made in a recent CIPHR webinar by speakers Tony Machin, CEO of TrustID, and Doug Beavis, sales and commercial director at Credence, who discussed the types of additional checks employers can choose to make, and the benefits of comprehensive screening processes. 

Why carry out employment checks?

Two factors are driving a rise in candidate fraud. Firstly, the UK labour market is tightening; the number of job vacancies fell in October 2019 for the 10th consecutive month – meaning candidates are vying for employers’ attention. Secondly, technology is making it easier for unscrupulous candidates to obtain fake degrees or set up fake companies. “Some people will do almost anything to get an advantage over everybody else when it comes to getting a new job,” said Beavis.

Failing to weed out deceitful candidates can have a profound domino effect on your organisation.

Hiring the wrong person can have a domino effect on your organisation. Research by the CIPD has found each new hire your organisation makes costs between £8,000 and £12,000 (in in-house resourcing time, advertising costs, and agency or search fees). And there’s also the cost of potential reputational damage, as well as any possible financial fraud or fines to factor in as well. All this possible risk can be mitigated thanks to employment checks that might just cost a few hundred pounds per person. 

What kind of employment checks can be carried out?

While right-to-work checks are a legal requirement, organisations can also choose to carry out extra pre-employment checks that might be relevant to the type of role they are hiring for.

In the webinar, Beavis recommend that a credit check should be carried out on candidates who are being recruited into a finance or accounts department, or for anyone who may be dealing with large sums of company finance.

Other types of checks that employers might want to carry out include:

  • Criminal record checks (basic, standard and enhanced ones are available, although there are restrictions on which types of roles these can be carried out for)
  • Employment reference checks
  • Education verification
  • Directorship checks
  • Driving licence checks
  • Social media searches

These checks can help you make sure suitable candidates are being employed and prevents future problems from rising both inside and outside the company.

And these checks needn’t be time consuming: choosing to integrate an HR system such as CIPHR to a checking service such as TrustID’s, via an API, will help you carry out checks more quickly and share the results securely against employee records.

To find out how CIPHR’s identity and background checking functionality – integrated with CIPHR HR and CIPHR iRecruit – can help you speed up your background and right-to-work checks, download our brochure.

 

This article was first published in January 2020. New links were added in May 2022.