Recruitment Risk Index: The State of UK Referencing

Learn about the risks faced by UK recruiters today

Over the last ten years, the nature of references has changed. Employers in the United Kingdom have switched from providing opinion-based to neutral references that only confirm a candidate’s name, dates of employment and job title. So why are UK employers not taking every opportunity to stress-test candidates’ CVs? And what are the risks that arise when businesses turn their backs on thorough reference checking?

The Recruitment Risk Index: The Stake of UK Referencing surveys 1,000 job-seekers to take a closer look at the recruitment process - specifically reference checks.  

Among other startling findings, the survey found that:

  • 23.5% of candidates had not been asked for a reference when applying for a job
  • 28% of job seekers had exploited flaws in the reference checking process
  • 25% of referees were asked to confirm a candidate's age - a discrimination breach

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