Online Recruitment - 73 per cent of employers check job applicants’ social media profiles before offering roles, why didn’t Kent Police & Crime Commissioner?

19th April 2013

London, 10th April 2013., a fixed fee recruitment agency, has offered their take on Paris Brown’s recent resignation. The seventeen year old Kent Police Youth Crime Commissioner stepped down after it emerged that her Twitter account had played host to “racist and homophobic” comments which sparked an investigation by police.

A recent online recruitment survey conducted by has concluded that almost 75% of employers inspect the social media pages of their job candidates. Less than a third admitted to not checking LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter amongst other channels in the search for more details about their prospective employee.

Anna Taylor, Co-founder and director or commented, “Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, had a duty of care to investigate the social media profile of Paris Brown prior to offering her the role of Youth Police Crime Commissioner. Paris Brown has been savaged by the media for comments that she posted when she was still a minor and she is now the subject of a Police investigation. Had Ms Barnes checked the social media profiles of the candidates, it is unlikely that Ms Brown would have been placed in this position.”

“This case also raises a serious issue for teachers and parents. We need to educate our young people that whatever they post on social media is on public record, can be easily discovered online and can come back to haunt them.” concludes Taylor.

To read the full survey and accompanying infographic please visit the online recruitment site, website.