Posts in Security Watchdog
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”.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More