Security Watchdog

DBS checks on logistics and retail industry

Criminal background checks are a legal requirement for many roles, to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults. But DBS checks can also provide peace of mind when recruiting other positions, to help ensure that your staff will be safe around your customers, your workforce and members of the public. DBS checking can also help safeguard your business and your stock.

Criminal Record checks and social media checks on the rise

A recent report has indicated that the use of social media checking in pre-employment screening is growing, with up to 80% of companies routinely screening candidate’s social media profiles.

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.

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.

Councils shocked after finding taxi licensing processes were “particularly flawed”

Earlier this week it was reported that Bristol City Council is set to tighten up its criminal records checks on taxi drivers around the city after the system was found to be full of holes.

Building a credit rating as a student

Your credit rating is a score which helps lenders decide whether an applicant is likely to default on repaying credit. It is based on previous financial conduct and provides an overview of your current financial status. Lenders check applicants credit score before deciding whether to lend someone money or grant them credit.

Top 10 questions asked by candidates about the screening process

Carrying out background checks on new employees is very common, with some checks being a legal requirement. Pre-employment screening helps employers protect their company, their employees and their customers.

These are the top 10 questions asked by candidates about the screening process.

HR technology and how integrations are essential

Competition within recruitment continues to grow, with workers demanding more from their jobs than ever before. Technology is now firmly infused into the fabric of our daily lives and the use of technology within the hiring process is not simply useful, it is expected.

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.

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.

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.

What if social media checks were used for good?

Social media background checks have been part of pre-employment screening for several years but are often seen as a way to scope out some of the more unsavoury elements of a candidate’s background and personality, through platforms on which users share every tiny detail of their lives. But what if social media checks could be used to make a candidate’s application stronger rather than rule them out?

Illegal immigrants in UK workforces, what’s the consequences?

Carrying out right to work checks is a legal requirement of all UK employers, and even British citizens must be subject to checks. But many companies are unaware of this legislation, despite serious repercussions for non-compliance.

Airside pass checks - aviation screening

The British Airport Authority has stringent security procedures in place in order to keep airports, travellers and staff safe. Airports have had to increase their security measures due to the increased threat of terrorism posed by not being able to identify every person moving through an airport.