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Two-Thirds of New Staff Starting Work Without Reference Checks

Two-Thirds of New Staff Starting Work Without Reference Checks

Research compiled by due diligence company HireRight finds that two thirds
of new employees begin working before reference checks have been conducted.
Furthermore, 39 per cent of survey respondees believe this to be “normal practice”
in their industries.

However, references are found to be an “administrative burden” for HR departments,
with 31 per cent weighed down by queries regarding references and 27 per cent
complaining to management about how long is spent on the process.

Steve Girdler, managing director for EMEA at HireRight, states that “By
failing to carry out due diligence before people start work, companies risk
hiring someone who is unable to fulfil the duties of the role, commits fraud
or theft, or damages customer relationships,” Girdler said.

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