According to The Straits Times, more companies in Singapore are conducting background checks on temporary staff. In the past two years, checks on staff have risen by 10 per cent to 20 per cent. These workers include IT staff, accountants and finance executives, and blue collar workers such as security guards, food caterers and bus drivers.
Background screening experts interviewed say permanent and temporary staff lie about the same things. Common lies among job candidates include inflating their salaries and job titles, and faking their educational qualifications.
Member of Parliament Zainal Sapari, who specialises in labour issues, said that while employers have the right to check the background of candidates, these checks should be done with their consent.
He added, “Employers must be fair to workers and ask for background information that is relevant to the job”