Background Screening Index 2015
In 2015, MIE conducted a total of 478 264 qualification checks.
Increasing demand by businesses to verify the qualifications of potential and existing staff is largely due to increased awareness of the worldwide qualification fraud epidemic – a trend which is rife among entry level to senior executive level employees.
The majority of MIE’s qualification verifications are processed through the National Qualifications Register (NQR®) which is owned and operated by MIE. With a database of over 3.5 million graduate records and 24 subscribing tertiary institutions, NQR® verifications are renowned for their accuracy.
MIE’s results highlight that a candidate’s educational history is the most likely to contain discrepancies when compared to all other background screening checks.
With a growing culture of dishonesty and overstatement in this regard, it is important to note the differences between minor and major discrepancies.
Minor discrepancies include negative results such as a candidate currently in the process of completing their qualification rather than having been awarded their qualification.
Major discrepancies on the other hand, include fraudulent results. Examples of fraudulent results include a candidate forging or altering their certificate deliberately or never having been awarded the qualification.
In line with the recent National Credit Act Amendment (NCAA) 19 of 2014 in March 2015, qualification verifications can only be carried out on individuals who have supplied written consent.
MIE has found that qualification checks are the most requested background screening service.