NEWS: Experian partner with SAFERjobs to help protect job seekers and businesses from exploitation

Recruitment fraud is becoming an increasing challenge for many; those working in HR and recruitment, as well as those applying for positions. In July 2017, the employment minister said one in 10 jobseekers had been affected by recruitment scams¹ and it’s believed that there is a lot more that goes unreported, so SAFERjobs, together with Experian and other organisations such as the Metropolitan Police and the Department for Work and Pensions, are trying to raise awareness of recruitment fraud and combat activities facing both recruiters and job-seekers.

SAFERjobs is a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation designed to support job seekers, agency staff, and contractors with any suspected fraud, malpractice, breach of legislation, or poor experience they may encounter. Keith Rosser, chairman of SAFERjobs, said: “Unfortunately, job scams are on the rise and in the last two years we have witnessed a 300% rise in recruitment related fraud and misconduct.”²

For many organisations, the reputational damage associated with employment fraud is a real concern, as fraudsters often advertise fake jobs in the name of companies, unbeknown to them. More than half of recruiters (56%) believe job scams and job-related fraud are now a big issue facing the sector. ³

SAFERjobs have partnered with Experian, who provide background screening for recruiters and employers, to raise awareness and promote good practice when recruiting for new roles. Employers and recruiters can help by following the good practice advice and can join SAFERjobs to show their support and raise awareness by displaying the SAFERjobs logo.

Speaking at Parliament, Ben Howlett MP, comments ‘The UK’s jobs market is booming, with unemployment levels at their lowest since 2005 – however the rise in job scams threatens to destabilise this growth. The ‘SAFERjobs Principles of Good Practice for Recruitment’ framework contains a Code of Conduct for job boards and a set of good practice principles for recruitment agencies, which complements and reinforces established industry standards’³. Ensuring background checks on candidates are performed during the recruitment process can help businesses and recruiters in preventing fraudulent activity. As members of The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), Experian Background Checking Services help businesses with a wide range of screening requirements from basic checks which can be done on all candidates such as identity and adverse financial and reference checks to sector specific checks such as FCA and job-specific checks such as directorship and DVLA. By encouraging more recruiters to screen candidates, following the good practice principles, it will better protect people and make the jobs market a lot safer for both recruiters and job-seekers.

See how you can support SAFERjobs and ensure the principles of good practice are followed https://www.safer-jobs.com/employer.cfm

Want to get in touch with one of our Background Screening specialists? https://www.experian.co.uk/background-checking/contact.html

¹https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/voices/comment/recruitment-fraud-major-hr-challenge

²https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40715655

³ https://www.recruitmentgrapevine.com/content/article/news-2017-04-10-ben-howlett-mp-launches-new-saferjobs-framework