A new background checking service specifically designed for a growing temporary workforce has been launched.
With an increase in the use of temporary workers and research illustrating that growing business threats come from within the workplace, never has a reliable background checking system been more important.
In the UK, it has been claimed the number of temporary and contract workers has increased by 3.8 per to 1.3 million with the overall turnover from temporary and contract recruitment growing at a significant rate of 6.4 per cent to 21.6 billion in the period ending March 2006.
Despite this, and with an increase in employee fraud, many organisations and recruitment agencies are still failing to undertake effective background checking before placing people in posts.
This is more acute within the temporary worker arena, as HR departments and recruitment agencies are typically not equipped to do background checks themselves and have a much shorter turnaround time in which to get references and undertake other checks.
BackgroundChecking.com’s Temp Check provides an automated and rapid overnight service for background checking temporary workers.
Once candidates give their consent to a background check, BackgroundChecking.com can undertake a Temp Check, providing reports to the HR department or recruitment agency the next day.
This gives organisations the flexibility to bring on staff when needed, safely, and brings increased confidence in their recruitment procedures and in recruitment agencies adhering to best practice. The Temp Check confirms identity – that individuals in your temporary workforce are who they say they are.
Managing Director of BackgroundChecking.com, Steve Bailey, said: “It has long been recognised by HR and other departments within organisations that the use of temporary staff and contractors represent a largely ignored risk to an enterprise.
“However, this is too much of a risk to take. Temporary staff are often allowed access to secure and sensitive information or placed in responsible roles and an unchecked workforce, whether temporary or permanent staff, could pose a significant risk. It is essential that organisations protect themselves, their workforce and the public at large.”
By using Temp Check, organisations are able to improve the quality of candidates right from the word ‘go’, increasing recruitment efficiency and reducing the risk of using inappropriate temporary staff across all industries. It also helps to meet compliance and regulatory requirements.
Steve Bailey concludes: “From our experience, many unsuitable or unqualified job seekers are deterred from applying for a position when they know they will be subject to background checking, and we hope that this new service will result in similar results for the temporary employment market.”
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