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PeopleChecking stress the importance of background checks

PeopleChecking, a service dedicated to offering employee background checks and employment screening services, reveal that regardless of the recession, conducting the necessary background checks is imperative for employers who are on a recruitment drive.

Due to the year-on-year increasing amount of university applicants, the shortage of spaces available for them, and the increasing competition amongst recent graduates to secure a job in the UK, unemployment has been on a considerable rise in recent years.

This is predicted by PeopleChecking's Head of Business Development Mathew Armstrong to result in employers being much less vigilant when recruiting people for job roles, as the growing competition between people to fill these jobs means that there are up to 69 people on average now applying for each available position.

"As many as 200,000 university applicants have not secured a university place this year and will therefore be seeking employment wherever they can find it until they can re-apply next year," he says. "With so many people so desperate for employment, I expect that more job seekers than ever will see falsifying and embellishing their CVs as the only way to get an edge in the employment market, which means that employers need to be more rigorous than ever when conducting background checks to ensure only the highest quality standards in their organisation.

 "It doesn't just stop at rejected university applicants, however, and we can also expect an influx in the amount of immigrants working in the country on expired visas as they will be so desperate for work. Considering the penalty for employing an illegal immigrant is £10,000 per worker, you simply cannot afford to let your background checking procedures lapse at this time. In fact, it may even be necessary to increase the thoroughness of your checks or introduce new ones to better cope through the recession."

T: 0800 035 0545

W: www.peoplechecking.com

8th October 2010

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