Fraud warning over temp workers

17-08-2007

Fraud warning over temp workers
Fresh warnings are being made over the risks of potential fraud when hiring temporary workers, with employers urged to ensure that their staff are legitimate workers and not engaged in any criminal activity.

Concerns have arisen that some organised crime groups are deliberately putting people into temp roles in specific businesses in order to commit various financial crime.

The worry is that this is impacting upon the wider perception of all temp staff, affecting the readiness with which employers may be prepared to hire new temp staff.

However this could be a case of no smoke without fire. Research from pre-employment screening firm Powerchex shows that 89 per cent of undisclosed criminal records have been found on temp workers' CVs in the financial sector, raising fears over the safety of using temps to carry out administrative work.

In light of this employers are advised to instil a stringent checking process.

"Firms must vet staff carefully before confirming their appointment," commented the Financial Services Authority, according to HR Zone.

Powerchex reports a decline in job applicant fraud in the financial sector, according to Director of Finance Online.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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