THE RISKS OF NOT CARRYING OUT BACKGROUND CHECKS
- Counterfeit documents and impersonation?: 1) Unless you know a person is who they say they are, any other information about them that you receive cannot be trusted; 2) There are an estimated 20 million counterfeit
documents in circulation in the UK.
Right to work in the UK
- It is a criminal offence to employ a person who does not have the right to work in the UK: 1) Estimated number of illegal immigrants in the UK - 863.000; 2) UK border agency fine for hiring an illegal immigrant worker -
£10.000; 3) Total amount of fines handed out by the UK border agency 208-2012 - £57.5 million.
- Criminal records: DBS checks are legally required for certain positions (e.g. nurses) - failure to comply can incur hefty fines. We also recommend DBS checking to reduce the risk of employee fraud by detecting, for
example, whether or not a prospective employee had prior convictions for theft.
- Adverse financial histories and sanctions: 1) For roles involving a high degree of trust, adverse financial histories are associated with applicant likely to abuse their positions for personal financial gain. This includes low-
skilled workers who enter a client's premises; 2) There is a strong correlation between financial pressure and employee theft, which accounted for 72% of business shrinkage last year; 3) 282 people are declared
insolvent or bankrupt in the UK every day.
- References and qualifications: If an applicant's references and qualifications are not verified, they may lack the necessary skills to perform their duties adequately. This can contravene legal requirements (e.g. doctors
or crane operators) and recruitment agencies that place incompetent candidates on work are likely to lose business.
- 31% of applicants have provided false information about a degree, provided false employers or fabricated non-existent jobs.
- 76% of employees admitted to having said something untrue in their application for their current job.
Sources: The Telegraph; UK Home Office; CIPD.