International criminal records checks - We literally wrote the rulebook!

Earlier this year, Security Watchdog teamed up with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) to create a document which would provide guidance to businesses on how to obtain criminal records disclosure in 64 countries across the world. The resulting report aims to assist both applicants seeking work in the UK, and companies looking to employ overseas candidates.

5 biggest screening questions from HR professionals

Pre-employment screening can be a daunting process, whether you are a new employer looking to hire a new round of employees or a large company wading through thousands of applications.

How Right to Work training can help your business

Creating a profitable and successful business has as much to with saving money as it does a healthy bottom line. The risks from the cost and fallout of litigation, failure to comply with legislation and poor judgement can very quickly spell the end of a business altogether.

What’s the risk with temporary workers?

Hiring temporary workers can be a quick and easy solution to a staffing problem. With more and more people choosing to work as contractors, companies are making use of the many specialist skills available in the market. But with organisations becoming increasingly reliant on agency staff (with over 800,000 currently part of the workforce), are companies putting their businesses at risk?

Is testing candidates before they apply the future of recruitment?

Psychometric testing is becoming ever more commonplace in recruitment. However, it is usually something that is carried out at the end of the process, with remaining candidates performing standard testing to check that they fit in with existing company values. But there is growing support for psychometric testing to take place before candidates even apply for jobs.

Keeping on top of you HR Regulation Compliance

HR departments must maintain a state of constant diligence to ensure they keep on top of their regulatory responsibilities. The situation has reached fever pitch this year with the coming of the GDPR, which has triggered a mass review of company practices and procedures across all sectors and industries.

The difficulty with international criminality checking

Employing foreign nationals might be a way to fill skills shortages and meet labour demands, as well as increase diversity in the workplace, but the hiring process for those born outside the UK is slightly more complicated.

Has the GDPR "right to be forgotten" ruling made background checks harder?

One of the most disputed aspects of GDPR has been article 17’s “right to be forgotten”, which gives individuals the right to request that personal data be erased in certain circumstances.

The effect of GDPR on social media checking

Social media checking is now a standard part of pre-employment screening. According to recent research by YouGov, up to 80% of employers are likely to check a candidate�s social media accounts as part of their recruitment and onboarding procedure.

How will the UK leaving the EU affect employment in the UK?

It has now been over two years since Britain voted to leave the EU, in one of the most controversial and talked about political moves in history. But, despite the exit talks dominating the headlines, are we really any closer to understanding the impact that Brexit will have on our workforce?

Helping to reduce recruitment fraud

Security Watchdog has always been at the forefront of innovation and legislation within the screening industry. We have recently become a supporting member of SAFERjobs.