Posts in Employment
The 4th Industrial Revolution and what it means for recruitment

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR or Industry 4.0) comprises the coming together of people and machines, with a connectivity between technology, society and humans. 4IR has seen massive changes in the way we use technology in our daily lives, and it is growing at an exponential rate compared to the progression of the previous three industrial revolutions.

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Understanding the Senior Managers and Certification Regime

The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) was originally introduced to the banking industry in March 2016 to replace the Approved Persons Regime (APR), which the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards described as being “too narrow” and “failing”.

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What happens if you fail your screening?

Most individuals being background checked are successfully cleared on the basis that there are no anomalies identified in their screening results.  However, for those where this is not the case - leading to the client withdrawing an offer of employment or engagement - this is a client driven decision and sits outside the control of Security Watchdog.

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Why pre employment screening should include even gig workers

With the changing face of the labour market and non-permanent working now a regular part of workplace culture, temporary and contractor workers make up around 15% of the workforce. The gig economy is growing at an exponential rate, with many contractors citing flexibility as their reasons for opting out of the standard way of working.

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UK business report confirms reduction in fraud – but now is not a time to relax

Annual reports from BDO’s Fraud Track states that fraudulent activity cost the UK almost £750 million in the last year. But while this is a reduction from previous years figures, this could simply be due to lack of reporting, with only an estimated 1 in 50 cases likely to be reported.

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New year, new processes: why keeping your screening processes current is paramount

Carrying out comprehensive background screening is important to help avoid employing unsuitable candidates who won’t add value to your workforce. In addition, screening can aid in identifying criminal elements which might pose a risk to your business, your employees or customers. Pre-employment background checks are a critical part of the recruitment process and most companies now carry out screening as part of their standard employment procedures.

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What causes candidates to lie on their CVs?

Lying on CV’s and in job interviews to secure a position is fraud. But a recent survey from independent job board CV Library has found that 92.5% of the British workforce have lied on their CV, with 71.6% of those admitting that they were hired because of the lie. CV Library’s survey of 1,000 UK workers researched the willingness of professionals to lie to a potential employer to secure a job, and found that many people were happy to take the risk.

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Employment retention and how rescreening should become the norm

Pre-employment screening has become the norm as businesses attempt to protect themselves from a bad hiring decision which could result in theft, fraud, data breaches, litigation or risk to company reputation. Pre-employment screening has become the norm as businesses attempt to protect themselves from a bad hiring decision which could result in theft, fraud, data breaches, litigation or risk to company reputation.

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