What impact does the gig economy have on vetting?
Nowadays an increasing number of businesses are choosing to employ people on a short-term basis rather than give long-term or permanent contracts. It’s known as a gig economy, and it came as a result of times of financial strain when businesses realised that having to cut permanent staff can be costly. Now businesses who might be unsure of their financial future favour having short-term workers they can lose should they need to cut their budgets.
However, although financial flexibility is a benefit, a gig economy way of working also brings with it several challenges for businesses. Here we look at some of the impacts which the gig economy has upon vetting…
Businesses don’t vet new employees
When taking on someone on a short-term contract, businesses are increasingly likely to forgo a thorough vetting process before beginning the employment in order to further save costs. However, regardless of whether someone is with your business for one month or one year, the impact that an unsuitable candidate can have could be critical. No matter how long you intend to employ someone for, vetting helps you to understand more about who that person is. A comprehensive screening process will ensure that they have the right to work in the UK, have the skills and experience that they say they have, and that there is nothing legally standing in the way of them taking the job you are offering. To protect your business, vetting is vital and having short-term contracts should not mean you risk your security.
You don’t know what else someone is doing
By its nature the gig economy is designed to be flexible, and this means for both businesses and the people they employ. Without a thorough vetting service, you may not be made aware of other work which the individual is undertaking on their days off or in the evenings. You might find that the work has a negative impact on the work you do, or your reputation or it might be that they are working for a rival. Again, not doing vetting can leave you vulnerable.
It can be hard to track a gig economy workers history
If you look to employ a seasoned short-term contract worker, then you are likely to find they come with a long CV, detailing numerous roles each lasting for a small period of time. You might see gaps in periods of employment which is understandable for someone on contracts, but can raise a few alarm bells as to why employment ended. A vetting service can take the time you don’t have to look into these past employments and check that they are correct, piecing together the employment history to get a full picture of who the person is that you are looking to employ.
Overall, while the gig economy way of working has a number of benefits for businesses, it’s clear that it can be a real risk as well. A thorough vetting service of a potential employee can mitigate these risks, giving you a proper understanding of the person that is coming to work for you.
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