Pay per candidate screening packages explained – we have a new offering of pay as you go screening packages

We are pleased to announce that Security Watchdog now offers pay-per-candidate screening packages to provide flexibility and convenience to those employers wishing to screen a single candidate prior to employment, allowing employers to pay-as-you-go with an appropriate package.

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CV discrepancies: Candidates of 35–45 years have highest mismatches

A recent report has shown that up to 7% of candidates lie during a job application, with the highest number of discrepancies found in those between the ages of 35-45. This is particularly worrying because salary peaks at this age for most individuals, therefore these CV discrepancies could be costing employers huge sums of money.

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The importance of your HR team understanding DBS and GDPR compliance

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) handles all criminal records checks within England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Companies looking to carry out criminal records checks for staff, volunteers or students use the service to obtain a DBS certificate which states that the applicant has DBS clearance.

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The benefits of employing candidates with international experience

A study from the National Institute for Economic and Social Research found that recruiting overseas staff can make businesses more productive. Hiring international candidates or those with international experience can also provide several additional benefits.

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The 4th Industrial Revolution and what it means for recruitment

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR or Industry 4.0) comprises the coming together of people and machines, with a connectivity between technology, society and humans. 4IR has seen massive changes in the way we use technology in our daily lives, and it is growing at an exponential rate compared to the progression of the previous three industrial revolutions.

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Female employment rate all time high

According to recent findings by the Office for National Statistic (ONS), UK wages grew an average of 1.4% in real terms in the three months to May. But there is more good news, as female employment is now at its joint highest level ever, with some studies suggesting that the rate of females working and being available to work is growing nine times faster than men.

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International university students criminal record checks

As of May 2018, UCAS removed the requirement for applicants to declare unspent criminal convictions when applying through them for a place at UK universities, affecting applicants for September 2019 entry and beyond.

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The complexities of immigration law

June 22nd 2019 marked the first ever UK Windrush Day, which commemorates the first people who arrived from the Caribbean in 1948. Windrush Day is designed to celebrate the contribution made to British society by the Caribbean community and highlights the benefits to the UK of solid immigration policy and good race relations.

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Understanding the Senior Managers and Certification Regime

The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) was originally introduced to the banking industry in March 2016 to replace the Approved Persons Regime (APR), which the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards described as being “too narrow” and “failing”.

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What happens if you fail your screening?

Most individuals being background checked are successfully cleared on the basis that there are no anomalies identified in their screening results.  However, for those where this is not the case - leading to the client withdrawing an offer of employment or engagement - this is a client driven decision and sits outside the control of Security Watchdog.

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Training your staff on Right to Work can benefit your business

Right to Work checks are designed to establish that all members of staff, casual or permanent, have the legal right to work in the UK. The checks are mandatory for all workers who are employed in the UK, whether they were born here or not, and failure to carry out Right to Work checks can have costly consequences.

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Why pre employment screening should include even gig workers

With the changing face of the labour market and non-permanent working now a regular part of workplace culture, temporary and contractor workers make up around 15% of the workforce. The gig economy is growing at an exponential rate, with many contractors citing flexibility as their reasons for opting out of the standard way of working.

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