The hiring of new employees offers
challenges to most companies. While it is important to find the right candidate
with the necessary qualifications and integrity to do the job, it is not always
easy for businesses to accept potential candidates at face value alone.
In South Africa, recent media reports
highlighted a few high profile cases of qualification fraud in which top
executives and board members were unmasked as not having the claimed
This started a debate around hiring
processes and the verification of qualifications around the country in all
businesses. The South
African Qualifications Authority’s (Saqa’s) offers a verification service,
which checks qualifications against the National Learners Records Database.
According to Saqa school-leaving certificates are the most faked qualification
at 41%, followed by degrees at 32% and diplomas at 13%.
Each industry requires its own checklist
but there are a few checks that should be non-negotiable when considering any
candidate for employment. Often job seekers bolster their resumes in order to
seem more attractive to potential employers. However, as an employer you want
the truth in order to be aware of the capabilities and limitations of potential
Fraudulent acts and instances of fraud are on the rise in South Africa. Now
more than ever it is important that potential employers obtain ID verifications
of the candidates applying for the vacancy in their business. A simple ID
verification will confirm if the person is who they say they are by validating
that the ID has been issued by the Department of Home Affairs and that the algorithm
found in that ID number is correct.
crime up by over 45% in the last nine years and human resources fraud at
42% in South Africa compared to the global average of 15%, it is important to
use a reliable criminal-vetting process for recruiting and managing human
resources. Although it would probably be unconstitutional to deny a person the
right to employment purely on the grounds of a criminal
conviction for a range of positions, certain types of criminal convictions
can be specified as rendering an applicant ineligible. For example, a
conviction for any theft or fraud offence can rule out a person for a job
involving handling money or financial transactions.
In South Africa we have numerous businesses whose
primary function is the verification and validation of educational
qualifications. They make use of various tools, including the National
Qualifications Register that allows them to reference any
qualification against a substantial database. It’s important to verify
employees credentials in order to recruit the very best of the best, with peace
of mind that these employees are up to the tasks assigned to them.
Many organisations do not carry out
systematic and careful screening of external candidates for vacancies. Excuses
such as urgency of filling the vacancy, lack of budget and lack of management
time are used. However, screening is one of the most basic risk-mitigation
strategies that must be in place in any organisation.
If you need assistance in the recruitment
process and the screening of your candidates, we can assist.
Communicate Recruitment is a specialised
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industries that only represent candidates that have been carefully screened to
ensure we deliver the very best quality to you. Contact us today with your
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