Job adverts posted on social media platforms are the least trusted by job seekers, a report from SAFERJobs has found.
The poll found that, despite their increasing prevalence, 25% of people thought social media platforms were the least safe method of job searching.
And job hunters are right to be concerned - as reported in OnRec, there has been a 300% rise in reports of recruitment related fraud and misconduct, with SAFERjobs receiving around five to ten reports per day.
Keith Rosser, Chairman of SaferJobs, warns that such adverts could make job seekers rightfully wary. “The rise of the gig economy has created new and flexible opportunities, but it is also presenting new risks of exploitation and abuse,” he says.
“The findings clearly show that commonly used platforms such as social media channels and job forums are also providing the least certainty for job seekers.”
The UK Government has announced it will work alongside SAFERJobs to protect individuals from recruitment fraud and scams.
Kelly Tolhurst MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, says:
“With more people in work than ever before, now is the time to make sure that individuals and small businesses can capitalise on the opportunities that our strong economy has brought, whilst ensuring that they remain safe throughout the recruitment process.
“I am pleased that the issue is being highlighted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Crime and Scamming and would encourage all businesses to sign up to become a SAFER Employer.”