‘’Job-application fraud at a five-year high’’

Every .year, around 1,200 potential employees at Birlasoft (India) Ltd undergo a massive exercise in background screening, or claims made in their applications. And this exercise, says Siby Joseph, general manager (human resources), has helped the Noida-based information technology (IT) services company maintain “credibility in front of our sensitive clients”.

“As an IT services company with clients in sectors like banking, insurance and manufacturing sectors, our potential employees need to be extra cautious, trustworthy to not hurt the brand image of the company as well as clients. Between job offers and joining date, we run eight key checks on candidates,” said Joseph.


“And if he or she fails during background screening, we say ‘sorry’. Such checks are now part of the job offer agreements,” said the HR manager.


Birlasoft is among a number of companies that have become increasingly particular about the need to check their employees’ background. They have good reason to be wary—a fresh study finds that 2015 was the worst year for frauds by job seekers in the last five years.


Discrepancies, including forgeries in education and employment credentials in job applications in India, fell slightly to 11.4% in the last quarter of the 2015 calendar year in comparison to the previous three quarters.


But while in 2011, 2012 and 2013, overall job application-related frauds remained at 10%, they rose to 10.5% in 2014 and 11.6% in 2015, according to the report by global background screening firm First Advantage.


This means that of all the applicants First Advantage screened on behalf of companies in 2015, at least 11.6% reported some kind of forgery related to employment, address, education or some other personal credentials. The company screened some 2.8 million candidates in 2015, or an average of 700,000 every quarter.


The report said IT and banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) were the key sectors where job seekers were most liberal in window-dress


Source:- LiveMint.com (Mumbai)

Date:-    23rd   February,2016





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