Background Checks for Employment

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of all bankruptcies are due to employee theft


of applicants have provided a false reference

2 billion

cost of employee fraud to businesses in the UK

Are you facing these issues?

You need to protect your organisation

If you don't check the background of each and every employee you have, you could be held liable if they're involved in an incident. You need to protect your reputation and bottom line as best you can.

You want to fulfil your duty of care

If you perform employment background checks, you can rest assured that you've done everything you can to help safeguard children and vulnerable people.

You've learnt from a bad experience

If a member of your staff has been involved in an incident in the past, you'll understand the need for pre-employment checks, and you'll want them quickly and cost-effectively.

Know you who can trust from the word go.

Make the right decision.

It's vital you have the full picture of every individual you employ. We all have a part to play in protecting children and vulnerable adults. Make informed decisions with the right evidence, and make sure your organisation remains compliant. There's no excuse.

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Check an individual's background online
Make faster, more informed decisions
Fulfil your 'duty of care'
Protect your business

What are background checks?

How well do you really know your employees? Your people are the heart of your business, without them - you wouldn't have a great business. But have you performed the relevant background checks for employment? Is your organisation compliant with legislation?

You need to base your employment decisions on more than just guesswork. That's where pre-employment checks come in.

Employment background checks provide the information you need to make the right decisions, and give you the confidence that you know an individual is exactly who they say they are. Pre-employment checks enable you to check an applicant's financial, criminal and driving history, so you'll know quickly if there's something that prevents them from fulfilling the role they've applied for.

You might already check an applicant's documents as part of your recruitment process, but would you be able to tell if they were fake or altered? Employment background checks can confirm whether documents are genuine or not. You'll be able to know for sure that an individual has the right to work in the UK, if they're suitable to work with children and vulnerable adults, and if you can trust them with your finances. Online background checks for employment give you the evidence you need to support your decision making process within minutes.

Pre-employment checks can be performed on new recruits, but also on an ongoing basis on existing employees, so you can rest assured that your workforce is compliant at all times.

Employment background checks cover everything from driving licence, criminal record, document image validation, PEPs & sanctions, identity, bank account and reference checks, plus more. You'll be able to demonstrate compliance with various legislation with evidence in an audit trail.

Employment background checks help you protect your business from financial and reputational loss, whilst helping protect the people who really need it. Play your part in helping to fight people trafficking, terrorism, illegal immigration, financial crime and money laundering.

You need a 360° view of each of your employees, it's not worth the risk.

Employment background checks you can perform

Overseas and UK criminal record checks

Criminal background checks for employment are available for UK and international individual's from 54 countries. Enhanced, standard and basic disclosure checks are available, depending on the level of check required for the role.

Ensure your organisation only requests the legitimate level criminal background check, so you remain compliant with the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act, FCA Certification Regime, Airside checks, PCI DSS, BS7858, Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS).

National Insurance number checks

Verify within seconds whether an individual's National Insurance number is valid and in the correct format for the HMRC prefix, and whether it's a permanent or temporary number.

Driving licence checks

Quickly and efficiently access your employees' driving history using online driving licence checks. Display your drivers’ details including any expired licences or categories, endorsements or points, current disqualifications, revoked licences, vehicle category entitlement, address mismatches and any restrictions, and if a licence is provisional. You can collect a drivers' consent electronically and via a pre-printed mandate upload.

Driving licence checks help you comply with the Duty of Care at Work Act, ensuring your drivers are legally entitled to drive their vehicle and that their driving licence is valid.

Global media search

Reveal any adverse publicity surrounding an individual in the past 10 years using global media search. Cover 32,000 global news and information sources in 28 languages, from 200 countries, in addition to 35 years worth of articles, analyst reports and tweets. 60% of the key sources aren't on the free web.

Also search a global database of official government sanctions lists, Politically Exposed Persons (PEP) lists, watch lists and terrorist lists to reveal if an individual is listed and/or has been involved in any serious financial crimes.

Ensure you comply with enhanced due diligence when recruiting senior executives.

PEPs, sanctions & enforcement checks

Access a comprehensive database of over 4 million high risk individuals and over 1 million politically exposed persons (PEPs), using human intelligence over a period of ten years to identify individuals subject to regulatory sanctions or enforcements, and to identify fraudsters, known terrorists, money launderers and PEPs and black-listed persons.

PEPs and sanctions checks help you comply with the FCA Certification Regime.

Adverse financial checks

Reduce the risk associated with hiring new members of staff to manage your organisation's finances. Check publicly available data to reveal any adverse information about an individual, including County Court Judgments (CCJs), Scottish decrees, bankruptcies, administration orders or voluntary arrangements.

Adverse financial checks help you comply with the FCA Certification Regime.

Bank account check

Check that the sort code and account number an applicant has provided you with belongs to them, so you know you're paying the right person. Check and confirm that an applicant's account details and account holder information is correct and consistent with source bank information.


Right To Work checks

You must validate an individual's identity at the start of your recruitment process and obtain a valid statutory excuse. You'll need to check, copy and retain original Government issued documents to demonstrate Right To Work. You need to consider the type of check required for the level of security you wish to introduce, and generate a culture of honesty and integrity. Use facial recognition to match a document to a person, and detect fake, forged and counterfeit identity documents from all over the world.

Right To Work checks will help you comply with the Immigration Act 2016.

Reference checks

Take control of reference checking new recruits. Reference checks are quick and efficient, ensuring every step of each reference check is accurately completed so you achieve consistent results in the fastest time possible.

Set up profiles to manage any number of years employment history, academic or professional qualifications. Upload your organisation's standard letters and questionnaires and benefit from a database of 100,000+ employer and academic referee details.

Using reference checks will help you comply with the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act, FCA Certification Regime, Airside checks, BS7858, Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) and PCI DSS.

Identity checks

Reduce risk in your recruitment process and verify the identity of an applicant in seconds using identity checks. Confirm an individual’s full name and date of birth at their address - in seconds. To pass, the identity must match at least two separate data sources (with a DOB match at least once).

Access a wealth of data sources including credit header data, edited electoral roll, landline telephone directory and National ID Register. You can also check an applicant against the mortality and National Change of Address database to check for indications of potential identity fraud.

Why you should do pre-employment checks

Improve the efficiency of your recruitment process

Online pre-employment checks eliminate human error and reduce administration costs, providing you with quicker, more cost-effective results.

Fulfil your 'duty of care'

Checking the background of your employees helps to safeguard children and vulnerable adults, whilst contributing to the fight against terrorism, financial crime, people trafficking and illegal immigration.

Make informed decisions

Get the evidence you need to make the right decisions using employment background checks. Have confidence that an individual is exactly who they say they are, and know you can trust the right people.

Reduce fraud

Protect your organisation from reputational damage and financial loss by preventing the hire of anyone with a known history of fraudulent behaviour.

Be compliant

Compliance is key. Using pre-employment background checks, you'll be able to demonstrate Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorism Fund (CTF) obligations, and that you've supported the 'Right to Work' process.

Don't take our word for it, hear from our customers...

The Referencing Agency has been utilising GBG KYP's service since its launch and has found the service extremely efficient and user friendly. It has given us (and our customers) a high level of confidence that Identity and Right to work checks are being carried out over and above the levels needed for compliance with current legislation. Furthermore, we process high volumes of criminal record checks with GBG and have found that both the turnaround times and the number of errors by applicants has reduced dramatically. Customer support has also been extremely efficient and helpful. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending these services.

The Referencing Agency

This year, there have been no delays to the applications at all which is completely down to the GBG service.

De Monfort University

We had a large number of Enhanced Disclosures to complete in a short period of time. GBG KnowYourPeople allowed us to efficiently process and track each application through to the DBS; and once complete receive a notification when the Disclosure was completed and whether it contained content or was clear. None of this would have been possible if we were managing the checks on the paper based application forms.

Swindon Borough Council

The new GBG KnowYourPeople system has made my life so much easier. I can now complete DBS applications twice as fast which has resulted in a much quicker criminal record checking process. GBG KnowYourPeople is the most responsive and user-friendly system I have ever used.

Lancashire County Football Association

GBG KnowYourPeople has made the application process a lot simpler for applicants, employers, and the team at Assist HR. One fantastic advantage of the system is our ability to view results, in terms of clear/not clear, before the actual disclosure is dispatched. The system can then also provide us with an official letter confirming the results, which can then be used to speed up the recruitment process.

Assist Resourcing Group

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