Recruitment companies now have to take fingerprints of candidates when being potentially recruited as no criminal checks can be administered without the candidate's fingerprints.
Abacus Recruitment, which implemented the system in January 2009, says that in the first week it found two people with criminal records which they had initially denied having.
Karen Geldenhuys, MD of Abacus Recruitment, says all the company's candidates have their fingerprints taken on the company's premises prior to being interviewed.
quite amazed to discover that two candidates – in the first week of using the system – came up with criminal records. But during the first discussions and in the information they've supplied, they said that they had no criminal records.
"This is good news for prospective employers – it protects them," she says.
The rendering of a fingerprint clearance service by Ideco AFISwitch on behalf of the South African Police Service (SAPS) is governed by the provisions of an agreement entered into between Ideco and the SAPS, and has also been formally announced in the Government Gazette.
Credit checks can also be done, as well as checks on qualifications, previous employment and previous residential address.
Geldenhuys says the fact that a growing number of people lie on their CVs means that the new system is a "big boon to the industry".
In terms of people lying on their CVs, she says the figure varies, but the company finds that up to 50% of CVs can contain lies, or untruths.
"The new system can literally root out the lies and paint a very, very clear picture. Of course, if a person is found to have a criminal record it does not mean that we won't try and find him or her a job – it just depends what the crime is."
By using biometrics and computer technology results are received within 48 hours.