Media Release: PeopleCheck Turns 10 – A Decade of Background Checking in the Hunter

In October 2016, PeopleCheck celebrates its 10 year anniversary of offering premium background checking services to its clients on a local, national and global scale. PeopleCheck operates from one validation centre located in the Hunter and takes pride in being the only dedicated background checking provider in the region.

 PeopleCheck’s success and commitment to clients in providing solutions that hinge on customer service, flexibility and strong industry and product knowledge over the past decade has lead PeopleCheck to become the largest Australian owned and operated background checking company. PeopleCheck was also a founding member of the APAC Chapter of the NAPBS (National Association of Professional Background Screeners), the only worldwide body for background checking based in the United States.

PeopleCheck assists organisations with a variety of customised background checking solutions. Background checking can include reference checking, employment and qualification validations as well as checking the background of a candidate relevant to their role (e.g. police checks, financial checks) via public information records and databases. Background checking undertaken prior to employment can minimise risks by revealing potential employees who may have a history of fraudulent or undesirable behaviour or present a falsified or embellished employment application or resume. In the past few years, we have seen some high profile cases of alleged CV fraud with organisations including Telstra and Myer!

PeopleCheck’s Managing Director, Summa McCosker, is a qualified Criminologist who commenced her career in 1998 when background checking was almost unheard of in Australia. Fast-forward over 18 years and Summa McCosker and PeopleCheck are now clearly recognised as leaders in the now established background checking industry, in APAC and further afield. PeopleCheck’s management team proudly consists of all females, employing over 30 employees and offering traineeships to give opportunities to Novocastrians looking for a career that is unique and interesting.

PeopleCheck’s Managing Director, Summa McCosker, reflects on the past decade of service and reveals new and exciting plans for PeopleCheck in the coming years.

“In ten years of PeopleCheck the foundation of our message and passion has never changed, but our methodology has certainly evolved into a strong and sustainable business that is driven by the needs of our clients, candidates, and our partners.  Running our business in the Hunter has meant opportunities and support that I believe is unique to the wonderful community we work and live in.”

“We have exciting times ahead for us. Early next year we will be relocating to our purpose-designed office space in Boolaroo; we are investing in new initiatives to offer more flexibility and reporting capabilities for client accounts; we will be introducing new and enhancing our existing products to give more options to our clients; we are working on streamlined solutions for our clients and candidates to improve delivery times through PRIVI, our PeopleCheck Research, Investigation and Validation Interface. These enhancements are exciting and will all make a positive impact as PeopleCheck continues to move forward into its second decade.”

PeopleCheck has a lot to celebrate over the past 10 years; from a humble micro business beginning to an ongoing community contribution in employment and offering a crucial pre-employment tool for companies across a myriad of industries. Local Newcastle clients include background checking for the Williamtown NAAC Project, H&R Block, Programmed, Sykes, Mine Wealth & Wellbeing, PeopleFusion, GWG Partners, Newcastle Permanent and Gail Whipper Recruitment.

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