No Aadhaar, No Job

New Delhi, Oct 3: Now employers can heave a major sigh of relief. In big step, employers have begun to use Aadhaar to verify their potential employees. The move can significantly bring down the week-long verification process to just 15 minutes or even lesser. With this move, the hiring costs will also come down dramatically. It is also helping make the process paperless - no need to provide documents that show, say , the proof of residence. One of the country's largest private sector employers, contract staffing firm Quess Corp, has on-boarded more than 30,000 employees - blue collar and white collar - using Aadhaar verification over the past four months. Quess employs 2.1 lakh people, and supplies them to companies that need them. Attrition rates are very high in certain categories of its employees, so its hiring numbers are always big.

According to a report in Gadgets Now, Ajit Isaac, founder and CEO of Quess Corp, says the verification process now needs just six people, and takes just a few minutes, whereas it required 35-40 people earlier working for weeks. Quess has its own verification division. But employee verification is usually outsourced to an agency that goes and checks whether the employee resides in the address provided to the employer. The agency even makes calls to the references provided by the employee to check the antecedents. The process usually takes 5-7 days. Gurugram-based employee verification company Authbridge has been helping its clients onboard employees using Aadhaar. Bengaluru-based verification company BetterPlace has also deployed an Aadhaar-based verification solution for its clients that include Swiggy, Runnr, Dusters, Guardwell and Housejoy . "Aadhaar verification is simple enough to be done at scale," says Saurabh Tandon, COO of BetterPlace. He says people often use false identities, or use a driving license at one place and an election ID at another place. "People even use different ID cards to rejoin the same company," he says.Aadhaar verification will make such frauds difficult. The cost of verification using Aadhaar can be as low as Rs 15 per person. It'll be particularly useful in manpower-intensive sectors like retail and logistics. Aadhaar verification will not suffice in jobs where police verification is obligatory -like for security guard jobs, where police verification is mandatory in most states. The employee verification is similar to what Reliance Jio did to enroll customers. It's now acknowledged that this was what enabled Jio to enroll 10 crore customers in less than six months. And where other telecom companies spent Rs 50 to verify every customer, Jio did for less than a rupee.Quess' Isaac says hiring costs can come down by 60% using its Aadhaar platform.