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August 5 2019

Cifas Onboarding Party Meeting

Verifile were invited to attend the Cifas Onboarding Party Meeting last month to talk about employment fraud together with other Cifas members and clients from a wide range of industries.

Cifas has observed a rising amount of fraudulent behaviour in senior-level roles. Historically most employment application fraud has been seen in lower-level roles. Verifile has noticed this trend, seeing an increase across all industry sectors. False grades on CVs are the main issue and in some instances, even though particular grades were not a requirement of the role, the candidate was rejected due to CV fraud.
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Cifas has also noticed a rise in the number of candidates who provide a personal email address for their chosen referee rather than the contact details of the HR department or person responsible for providing references. Verifile always goes directly to the HR department, even if a personal or work email address is provided by the candidate.

Another hot topic was how self-employed candidates conceal debt and fraudulent activities. Often this occurs when CCJs are attached attached to the company as opposed to the individual. Many of Verifile’s clients have a company credit check undertaken on the candidate's company to safeguard against this risk.

It was great to hear that many organisations undertake post-employment or re-screening for current employees. This is something that Verifile highly recommends, but is often overlooked.  Cifas believes that post-employment screening is becoming essential in many industries such as finance, IT and for employees who work with vulnerable people.

Another interesting topic that was discussed was the rising number of candidates who have no UK footprint. This highlights the need to undertake the correct international checks.  Global screening is of particular interest to Verifile and our international service was recently recognised when we won the Queens Award for International Trade. We pride ourselves on sourcing our data from official sources such as Ministries of Justice and local credit bureaus. We work directly with hundreds of these data sources around the world, feeding their data into our background checks. More information on our global services can be found here.

Cifas members have also identified undeclared adverse credit as a current concern. This not only requires a review of the credit results but could require Cifas members to recommend an adverse filing for the candidate in the Cifas database. Best practice is to allow candidates to declare any potential issues prior to screening. Verifile’s Fitness and Propriety Declaration is an excellent aid that gives candidates the opportunity to highlight any potential concerns as well as providing their details and consent/permission for the check to be performed/carried out. More information on our range of Fitness and Propriety Declarations can be found here.

It was a fantastic meeting and extremely beneficial to the screening industry and we look forward to the next meeting.