Research from Core-Asset Verify suggests the proportion of applicants failing employment background checks has nearly doubled since 2015. Core-Asset provides of vetting and contract services for Scotland’s financial sector and based on data from a sample of over 400 checks carried out across 2017 and 2018, the data shows:
- 19 per cent of applicants failed outright with major issues (2015: 10 per cent)
- 28 per cent passed, but with some minor issues (2015: 34 per cent)
- Only 53 per cent of applicants passed with no concerns (2015: 56 per cent)
The top five reasons for outright vetting failures in 2017 and 2018 were:
- Discrepancies in qualifications relating to an award or grade – 34 per cent
- Discrepancies in employment dates and/or job titles – 25 per cent
- Unverifiable employment gaps of over three months – 22 per cent
- Unpaid County Court Judgements or Sheriff Court Decrees – 14 per cent
- Non-disclosed criminal convictions – 5 per cent
“It has to be a concern for both employers and applicants that the number of background check failures have risen so much. There are two main reasons for this,” said Mike Stirton, director of Core-Asset Verify. “First, employers in general are becoming more stringent in the types and number of screening checks they want carried out. Many companies have recognised the damage that can be done – both financially and reputationally – if they make the wrong hires.
“This is especially the case across financial services, where the introduction of the senior managers and Certification Regime has increased the need for more enhanced criminal checks and regulatory referencing,” Stirton continued. “Second – and perhaps most concerning – there appears to be growing mindset among applicants that it is acceptable to fabricate certain parts of their CV in order to impress employers and increase their chances of securing a job offer.”
This data, however, highlights the risks applicants are taking by lying or providing misleading information on CVs – as Stirton notes, the chances of being caught have increased and being honest in an application is more important than ever.