Posts in Employment screening
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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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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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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Most commonly asked HR questions about employment screening

Carrying out background checks on your candidates is not only prudent, in some cases it is a legal requirement. Ensuring that your applicants are who they say they are, have the right to work in the UK and have the necessary credentials to carry out the role can help ensure that you make the right hire.

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Experience vs qualifications – which is most important?

A university degree was once considered a requirement for many positions, but experience is beginning to be seen as a better indicator of a candidate’s competence for roles which do not require formal qualifications. A report carried out in 2018 by Ambition AXA Awards for young people appears to support this, with 61% of employers surveyed stating that experience is now considered more important than education.

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UK business report confirms reduction in fraud – but now is not a time to relax

Annual reports from BDO’s Fraud Track states that fraudulent activity cost the UK almost £750 million in the last year. But while this is a reduction from previous years figures, this could simply be due to lack of reporting, with only an estimated 1 in 50 cases likely to be reported.

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Do you really know who’s screening your candidates?

Background screening is a complex process. Not only must you ensure that you are accessing the right information which will contribute to a good hire, but you also need to provide a good experience for the candidate, satisfy compliance and protect your brand image.

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Trusting your screening supplier to make the right decisions for your business

Your company is valuable, and whether you are a huge multinational corporation or a small start-up, finding the right employee can mean the difference between future success and failure. Carrying out comprehensive background checks can ensure that your employees will be a positive, not destructive, addition to your team.

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Taking a look under the bonnet of background screening

The background screening process varies according to the role the candidate is applying for and the service you require from your screening provider, but generally involves identity, residency verification and right to work checks, employment checks, academic qualifications, credit checks, criminality checks and social media checks.

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