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Home Office and SAFERjobs Work Together to Protect the Industry

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A campaign between the Home Office and SAFERjobs aims to show the recruitment industry as part of the solution to illegal working in the UK.

SAFERjobs, who currently get 70,000 job seekers a month to the SAFERjobs site and see over £80K of fraud reported, launched the campaign ‘Recruiters Against Illegal Labour’ recently which is designed to:

– Provide a link enabling recruiters to report workers without the right to work in the UK who are attempting to register with recruitment companies;
– Show the industry’s commitment to being part of the solution to the wider issue;
– Help promote the importance of right to work checks and where recruiters can get additional support and help.

In recent months SAFERjobs have also announced partnerships with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, who now advise any customers reporting a recruitment issue to contact SAFERjobs, as well as the FCSA. As well as appearing on over 15 large UK job boards SAFERjobs now also have GOV UK status: www.gov.uk/jobsearch demonstrating their ongoing partnership with government.

SAFERjobs will also be speaking at the forthcoming Recruitment Expo with the Metropolitan Police.

Keith Rosser, chair of SAFERjobs, said, “the recruitment sector already have very good systems in place to protect themselves, which is vitally important because as an industry recruiters are often targeted by workers who do not have valid right to work, so this campaign is about improving the reputation of the industry and providing a united front in being part of the solution to the wider UK problem.”

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SAFERjobs (www.safer-jobs.com) was founded in 2008 by the Metropolitan Police as part of their business crime initiative. It has since grown to advise 1m job seekers per year and receives reports totalling almost £500K per year. SAFERjobs is a voluntary, non-profit organisation tackling the growing problem of job scams and recruitment fraud. SAFERjobs works closely with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Action Fraud, Trading Standards, Crimestoppers, and the recruitment industry. The free Safer Job Search service is designed to give confidence to job seekers that finding a job in the UK is a safe thing to do, and thereby showing the recruitment sector as a responsible, secure place to do business.

As well as Chair of SAFERjobs, Keith Rosser is the Head of Screening & Compliance Services for Reed having founded Reed Screening in 2011, the fastest growing pre-employment vetting business in the UK. He is also responsible for all aspects of compliance across the Reed group. Keith is the Board Member and Treasurer of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) which is the trade association for the pre-employment vetting industry (www.napbs.com) alongside colleagues from Experian, Security Watchdog, and Risk Advisory Group. He also sits on ECHO (Employers Co-operating with the Home Office which is a sub-group of the prime minister’s tackling illegal working forum), and Chairs Compliance+, the recruitment company audit programme delivered by APSCo.

 

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