SAFER jobs (Safe Advice for Employment and Recruitment) is a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation set up by the Metropolitan Police in 2008 and designed to support job seekers, agency staff, and contractors with any suspected fraud, malpractice, breach of legislation, or poor experience they may encounter.
SAFERjobs is supported by the Metropolitan Police, DWP, National Crime Agency, Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS), other government and the main recruitment industry trade associations (APSCo, the REC, and TEAM).
It prevents labour market exploitation through sharing intelligence and setting standards. It also works to raise awareness of recruitment fraud and stop criminal activities carried out by fake employers and offers free scam advice to genuine employers.
SAFERjobs partners with 100 recruitment companies, which have 107.15m combined monthly traffic, helping over 1m job seekers over the last 18 months.
The current diffusion of job scams
The diffusion of Job Scams in the UK is unfortunately very wide and serious: £500,000 is the amount of fraud that has been reported in 12 months, until September 2016 and 1,240 reports of job scams had been received over the same period of time. The 72% of job seekers, though, wasn’t aware of the problem before.
The most common types of Job Scams are:
Further Activities and Discussions
A Code of Conduct was launched at Parliament in March 2017 and the Minister of State for Employment will speak about this issues at the End of July 2017.
The Anti Slavery Legislation (Modern Slavery Act 2015), in fact, is urging employers to use SAFERjobs partners and the Taylor review of modern working practices was released on 11th July, which considers the implications of new forms of work on worker rights and responsibilities, as well as on employer freedoms and obligations, setting out 7 principles to address the challenges facing the UK labour market.