Recent statistics released by LexisNexis Risk Management in South Africa reveal an alarming rise in the number of applications with fraudulent biographical information submitted by candidates seeking employment. Approximately 5% of all CVs submitted to the LexisNexis RefCheck background screening tool are found to contain some type of fraudulent information.
Common fraud offences that appear on CVs include incorrect disclosure of criminal and credit status; incorrect ID information; the fabrication of academic qualifications; employment history and references; as well as false permanent residency documents and drivers licences.
According to Greg Brown, executive manager for Risk and Compliance Solutions at LexisNexis, on average, more than 20 percent of CVs contain some form of inaccurate, negative or fraudulent information.
“Today’s recruitment market can be seen as a double-edged sword. Due to the economic climate and the influx of immigrants into the country with false personal information, employers are being cautious when considering applicants’ CVs. At the same time, potential employees fear that employers can dig into the past in ways that don’t have anything to do with the job description,” says Brown.
However, potential employees can breathe a sigh of relief. According to Brown, an employer can only conduct relevant criminal, credit and academic checks on a potential employee if they have received consent to do so from the particular individual. Furthermore the information an employer wants to verify about an employee or job applicant, should depend on the kind of job that has been applied for.
Once consent is given, employers are allowed to verify information contained on an individual’s CV including the identity of a prospective employee, credit bureau information, criminal records status, drivers license records, global academic qualifications, and professional association memberships.
“RefCheck, the online background screening service from LexisNexis Risk Management, offers job applicants and employees a reliable solution to overcome background screening challenges,” says Brown.
“Prospective employers and recruitment agents can simply and easily verify information contained in CVs, such as personal data, and academic and personal history by entering basic information into the RefCheck online system. By consenting, potential employees are improving transparency and disclosure to prospective employers.
“By incorporating the background screening component – RefCheck and the public record information DeedSearch, LexisNexis Risk Management, delivers actionable intelligence and access to individual information that will assist decision makers, employers and recruitment agents to make confident decisions.
RefCheck issues a unique WaterMark number for every search application conducted. The WaterMark number contains the results of the search that was conducted. Visiting the RefCheck website, and entering the unique WaterMark number, gives the result of the searches conducted. This offers potential employees the opportunity to run a check on themselves and improve transparency in their CVs.
“Registration is a simple process and can be conducted online and searches are on a pay-per-search basis,” says Brown.
LexisNexis Risk Management is a leader in background screening and its RefCheck solution has been used by South Africa’s top corporates and recruitment agents for the last six years.
Most recently, LexisNexis has partnered with Kelly Group – one of South Africa’s largest recruitment companies – which will make use of LexisNexis RefCheck in order to verify information on all of their candidates’ CVs and resumes.