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OVER 2 MILLION BRITONS HAVE LOST JOB OFFERS

OVER 2 MILLION BRITONS HAVE LOST JOB OFFERS OVER FAILURE OF FORMER EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE REFERENCES, ACCORDING TO KROLL RESEARCH

 Kroll launches its National Reference Register in the UK to help reduce the administrative burden of providing references on former employees

 1.2 million people have had to ask their former employer four times or more for a reference

London, UK, strictly embargoed until Monday 23 February 2009 New research from Kroll, the worlds leading global risk consulting company, reveals that more than 2 million Britons have missed out on a new job opportunity because former employers have delayed or failed to provide them with a reference(1).

With one in three Britons (35%) claiming they have had to chase their former employer at least once for a reference when changing jobs, Krolls findings highlight the extent of the backlog in administering references for past employees within the UKs busy HR departments. Indeed there are some 1.2 million employees who state that they have had to contact their previous employer four or more times to obtain a reference for a new job.

In an attempt to help organisations ease the administrative burden of providing employee references and simultaneously assist individuals seeking their next job, the Background Screening division of Kroll is today launching its National Reference Register (NRR). The register will give organisations a streamlined referencing system, in which employment data from all past employees is centralised and stored electronically, so that it may be provided quickly, securely and accurately to prospective employers.

The cost of administering employee references should not be underestimated it can run into thousands of pounds each year for large employers like those in the financial services, retail, hospitality, professional services and public sectors. Likewise adding to the need for a centralised referencing system has been the recent severe economic downturn, which has unfortunately resulted not only in tens of thousands of individuals losing their jobs, but also the failure of a growing number of long-established businesses. The net result is a rapidly increasing burden on the HR community and on the Administrators of failed organisations, all of whom must contend with and respond to an influx of employment verification enquiries.

HR departments can be frenetic places and its perhaps unsurprising that the administration of providing employee references can take a back seat to other priorities, commented Tony Shepherd, Business Development Director for the Background Screening division of Kroll. We believe that our new National Reference Register offers a credible alternative that provides benefits to organisations, Administrators and former employees alike.
Krolls register removes the burden from the employer to administer a reference on behalf of an employee who is no longer at their company, freeing up its HR personnel and enabling them to focus on activities that add value to their organisation. The service can also benefit Administrators who are dealing with large-scale redundancies from organisations that fail during the current economic downturn.

Shepherd continues, From the former employees perspective, Kroll helps to ensure that the reference is accurate, timely and relayed in a standard format, protecting privacy and speeding up the recruitment process.

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