The Metropolitan Police have recently worked with SAFERjobs to identify fraud attempted against recruitment companies in the UK. Following a referral to SAFERjobs (www.safer-jobs.com), a Metropolitan Police created company, an investigation by the police found fraud being attempted against several recruitment businesses. This led to formal cease and desist action taken by the police but, along with SAFERjobs, they are warning recruitment businesses to be on their guard.
The fraud works by roles being released to recruitment companies by people claiming to work on behalf of a genuine business looking for staff. The business then provides information on potential candidates for the recruitment company to contact. These candidates appear ‘ideal’ for the role and are usually available for immediate start. Hefty financial loss follows whereby the recruiter pays the contractor for work for a significant period without being paid by the employer.
In September last year, research by CV Library found that 56% of recruiters believe job scams and job-related fraud are now a big issue facing the sector. In an article in The Independent in October the Employment Minister Damian Hinds MP advised all job seekers to visit SAFERjobs for advice on staying safe in their job search after it was revealed a third of young job seekers felt vulnerable when job searching.