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The real cost of recruitment fraud

Establishing the impact and cost of recruitment fraud and how to reduce it

15/04/2019
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Recruitment fraud is when someone lies about their experience, qualifications, employment history or previous integrity to help gain employment. It is a serious problem which:

  • denies genuine candidates the employment that they deserve
  • denies employers the staff they need to do a good job
  • allows fraudsters into organisations where they can then undertake wider fraud and theft
  • damages the reputation of those organisations which do not undertake effective pre-employment checks
  • represents a significant cost, thereby undermining the financial health of those organisations which are affected.

This report, for the first time, establishes a baseline figure for the cost of recruitment fraud. It also shows that, where it is allowed to occur as a result of no or inadequate pre-employment checks, it often leads to further fraud and theft.

Fraudsters, encouraged by successfully gaining employment through dishonesty are often motivated to attempt wider fraud within their host organisations. However, the deterrent to individuals from carrying out recruitment fraud is not complex or difficult for businesses to adopt. Effective pre-employment checks are relatively low cost and easy to commission. Specialists can check in-country, in the relevant local language, and look at local documentation.

With fraud growing by almost 50% in the last 10 years, the real question is not why would we do this, but why wouldn’t we?

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Read our full report to understand more

What is recruitment fraud.
How big of an issue is it.
Why does it matter.
What we found.
Conclusions and how Crowe’s background checks can support your organisation.

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Please contact Jim Gee for more information and to discuss how Crowe can support your recruitment processes to reduce fraud. 
Jim Gee
Jim Gee
Partner, National Head of Forensic Services
London