Utilising a reputable background screening agency is the safest, most effective way to ensure that you only hire individuals with verified qualifications. FraudCheck has partnered with Umalusi to verify and supply accurate information on matric qualifications within 48 hours. Combining a FraudCheck Matric Verification with our FraudCheck ID online real-time verification confirms the validity of the South African ID number provided and whether there is a matric qualification associated with that ID number.
The overall pass rate, for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) has fallen for a second consecutive year. The 2015 pass rate of 70.7% represents a significant 5.1% drop from the 2014 pass rate of 75.8%. Of even greater concern is the steady decline in the national pass rate over the past few years, since its peak in 2013. This trend has several significant economic impacts since each year proportionally more unqualified young adults enter the labour market.
The number of candidates to sit the NSC exams in 2015 was the highest yet; 799,306 learners in 2015 compared to 532,860 in 2014. Consequently, more young people than ever are entering the employment market in 2016. While a portion of the learners who were awarded a matric certificate in 2015 will enter tertiary education, many of these will also seek employment to fund their studies.
Hiring employees with fraudulent qualifications places an organisation at risk in a multitude of ways, with costs incurred both directly and indirectly. Firstly, companies incur inflated training spend on untenable employees. Unqualified employees are likely to produce lower quality work product, may create errors, problems and time delays for clients or other employees resulting in an inefficient workplace. The increase in disciplinary or remedial action against such employees not only puts a drain on financial resources; inefficient or unproductive employees have a negative impact on morale of other staff. Moreover, such employees may attract legal or reputational risks for an organisation when errors are made or work quality is inferior. Finally, there is the cost of recruiting a replacement once the employee has at last been dismissed. With incidents of CV and qualification fraud rising annually, accepting a CV or matric certificate on face value in today’s economy is not a risk your business can afford!
The combination of annually declining pass rates, increasing numbers of school leavers, a saturated labour market and the current economic downturn exacerbated by an ongoing currency crisis, has created a highly competitive employment market in which candidates must differentiate themselves in order to stand out. In this environment qualifications become an important differentiator.
Dishonesty on a CV constitutes fraud, yet candidates are either unaware of this or convince themselves that they won’t be caught. Some even believe that once they have secured a job and proven their worth, their lack of an official qualification will become irrelevant. Unfortunately this is not the case; lying on a CV or presenting a forged matric certificate is a crime.
Incidents of job applicants presenting fraudulent credentials on their CVs or forged qualifications show no sign of decreasing. Rather, as economic pressures mount and labour markets come under increasing pressure, incidents are set to rise. It has become critical therefore, to verify all CVs and qualifications.
Despite certain security features built into the Umalusi issued National Senior Certificates, the sale of fake qualifications is a lucrative business and vendors have become adept at bypassing security measures. Moreover, the official certificate format has changed a number of times over the years, making it an almost impossible task for the average employer or recruitment agent to spot a fake.
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