Increasing Demand for Background Screening & Data Intelligence Nowadays firms with its technology, delivery platforms and proprietary databases, are building an infrastructure which allows companies to operate in an environment of trust and transact with individuals with confidence

By Ajay Trehan

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Technology continues to revolutionize and empower various aspects of businesses across industries. In the Indian context of Background Screening industry, where the market penetration is still low, technology is playing a critical role in expanding the horizons. With increasing awareness of the potential risks involved in hiring people without a background check, more companies are demanding employee background screening.

To cope up with increased demand and capitalize untapped market, background verification companies must innovate to change the way background data is handled and processed. Technology has also changed the pace at which we conduct business and enabled consumers to expect and demand instant gratification. For background verification, this means to shed the conventional ways and develop new methods to turn around faster and reliable results.

Though at our disposal, technology best serves those with an instinctive vision towards the future. With the changing landscape of public and private information, thanks to on-going digitization efforts across the country, technology is playing a major role in this space. Few data intelligence company has developed cutting-edge platforms that combine deep search algorithms, AI and machine learning to dig and aggregate data scattered over various databases to deliver reliable, efficient and fastest results.

The digitization of public records (under the Digital India program) like Identity, PAN, Voter ID, Aadhaar & DL etc. along with Court records, Police records & Educational records has facilitated a great deal in fastening the verification process. Background Verification firms today have the capabilities to verify identity, criminal background and employment records in a matter of seconds, which allows employers to take their hiring decisions quickly and with confidence. The impact of technology in this space is only going to increase with more and more government bodies, educational institutes and businesses moving towards digitizing their databases. Some key areas where technology is making an impact in the background screening industry are:

  • Operations: Companies has developed a platform that has automated the back-end operations much like an assembly line where different credentials of a candidate are authenticated in-parallel by different teams and mapped on the platform to compile the results and generate the report at the end. It saves time, avoids manual errors, and allows easy tracking and data analytics for business intelligence. In addition, it prevents misuse of data as no single person controls complete data of a candidate. The same has also been published as a case study by Cornell University in 2012.

  • Data Security: Enhanced firewall & access control technology enables better storage, processing and management of data and allows implication of high security and privacy policies. It helps us to adhere to ISO standards of Quality and Information.

  • Criminal Background: With access to over 200 million court records (litigation databases- criminal and civil) across the country, few companies have developed state-of-the-art search algorithm powered by AI and machine learning, which is capable of precision to an extent of picking a needle from a haystack. It can search for the criminal history of a candidate across India in a matter of seconds.

  • Ex-employee Verification: Companies has developed a solution to automate Ex-employee Verification Process for employers, called WorkAttest. It allows the HR departments of the partnered companies to do away with the unproductive work of replying to ex-employee verification requests and saves time & resources.

  • APIs: Technology has enabled us to provide APIs of our platforms to companies using HRMS system that allows to raise verification requests, submit relevant documents, track the progress of background verification for each candidate and enrol the selected candidates to other systems (payroll, attendance etc.) with ease.

Background Verification, though at a nascent stage in India, is gaining momentum especially considering many unfortunate incidents, more so in the recent past where companies have had to face financial and reputational loss due to frauds or misbehaviour of their employees. Plenty of examples are available for employee frauds and fake credentials of even the senior-most candidates, where proper authentication of candidate's credentials could have prevented loss of face for the companies.

In a country without proper regulations and mandates around background verification, it becomes an intrinsic responsibility of service providers to handle the data responsibly and any good background verification company would take this up with utmost seriousness. Nowadays firms with its technology, delivery platforms and proprietary databases, are building an infrastructure which allows companies to operate in an environment of trust and transact with individuals with confidence. Going forward, technology will keep improving the Background Data Intelligence to help employers filter out people who may prove to be disloyal, inefficient, potential litigators & who may put a company's productivity or reputation at risk by indulging in racism, sexual, emotional and verbal harassment.

To sum it up & talking about the employment opportunities in this sector, there is a huge scope of growth in Background Verification & Data Intelligence industry in India and it will need young talent from different academic backgrounds to capitalize on the opportunity. Opportunities are available and will only increase in domains like engineering, sales, marketing, operations, business intelligence, human resources, product development, data analytics and research. Proper training is conducted for new joiners to get equipped to this niche space and their immediate role. According to a new report "The global employment screening services market was valued at $2,939.8 million in 2016 and is projected to reach $4,892.3 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 7.5per cent from 2017 to 2022''which increases more demand for the upcoming job seekers in the same field.

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Ajay Trehan

Founder & CEO, AuthBridge

Ajay Trehan is a pioneer in modern background screening process outsourcing. He founded AuthBridge in 2005 and has built the company into a leading authority on background check management in India. Today, AuthBridge is a quality-driven, best practice company, delivering proven business impact risk advisory solutions to top draw clients, including Fortune 500 organisations.

Ajay’s perspective on the importance of risk assessment and mitigation drives AuthBridge’s culture of innovation and commitment to excellence. His passion for best standards in service and customer engagement has seen the company measure up to global quality benchmark, including ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certifications. A visionary leader, Ajay has been critical to AuthBridge’s success and growth. While he is actively involved in formulating strategy and execution across the entire screening process lifecycle, Ajay also participates in guiding AuthBridge’s clients on Total Security Management – a risk advisory initiative of AuthBridge. 

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