Pre-employment Screening

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2 billion

cost of employee fraud to UK businesses


of all bankruptcies are caused by employee theft


of applicants have given a false reference

We understand the issues you're facing

Protecting your organisation

To fully protect your business against reputational damage and financial loss, you need to full understand every person you employ, so you can avoid detrimental incidents.

Fulfilling your duty of care

As an employer, you have a duty of care you need to fulfil. Employment screening helps towards safeguarding children and vulnerable people, so you can rest assured you're doing your bit.

Learning from a past experience

You may have had an incident in the past which made you wish you'd screened your employees. You know you don't want to make the same mistake twice, so you need fast, efficient employment screening.

Have the evidence to trust each and every person you employ.

Make the right decision.

Understanding your people doesn't just protect your business from potential damage, it helps to protect the people who need it most. You need to know who you can trust from the start. There's no excuse, you need to be compliant.

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Check an applicant's background online
Make quicker, more informed decisions
Fulfil your 'duty of care'
Protect your reputation

What are background checks?

How well do you really know your people? Are you confident that your business is compliant with employment legislation? Employees are at the heart of every great business, so it's essential you fully understand the people who work for you.

Arm yourself with the evidence you need to make the right recruitment decisions. Have the confidence that you're operating compliantly. Protect your reputation and your bottom line.

Employee screening lets you rest assured that an applicant is exactly who they say they are. You'll be able to research the individual's financial, criminal and driving history, plus more. So you'll know quickly whether they're suitable for the role.

You might already perform visual checks of an applicant's ID during your current recruitment process. But how would know if the document they've provided you with was genuine? Pre-employment screening includes document validation, so you can check if a person has the right to work within the UK - in minutes.

Employee screening isn't just suitable for new recruits. In order to stay compliant at all times, you'll need to be screening your existing employees to check if their circumstances have changed.

Employee screening services cover everything including identity checks, overseas and UK criminal record checks, National Insurance number checks, Right To Work checks, reference checks, driving license checks, document image validation, bank account checks, PEPs & Sanctions checks, adverse financial checks and global media search.

The information available to you through employment screening is invaluable. It's available quickly and efficiently, and helps you fulfil your legal obligations. You'll be able to demonstrate compliance with a full audit trail, it couldn't be easier.

Protect your business against financial loss through employee fraud, and against damage to your reputation. In addition to protecting your business, employment screening also plays a part in helping to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. You can contribute to the fight against illegal immigration, people trafficking, terrorism, financial crime and money laundering.

Trust in the right people from the beginning.

What pre-employment screening can do for you

Worldwide criminal record checks

Worldwide criminal record checks enable you to vet the criminal history of applicant's from the UK, and from 54 other countries. Enhanced, standard and basic levels of DBS checks are available, so you can select depending on the job role.

Our criminal record check services ensure that you only request the legitimate level of 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

Check if the National Insurance umber you've been provided with is valid in seconds. Confirm whether it's a permanent or temporary number, and whether it's in the correct format for the HMRC prefix.

Driving license checks

Check if an applicant or an existing driver within your business has any endorsements or points, expired licences or categories or current disqualifications, or if their license has been revoked, if it's provisional, what their vehicle category entitlement is, if they have any restrictions and whether their address matches. Consent can be collected electronically and via a pre-printed mandate upload.

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

Global media search

Using 32,000 global news and information sources, in 28 languages and from 200 countries, in addition to 35 years worth of articles, analyst reports and tweets, global media search scans global media databases to reveal any adverse publicity reported regarding an individual in the global press within the past 10 years. 60% of the key sources aren't on the free web.

You can also check if an applicant has been involved in any serious financial crimes, or if they're listed on any watch lists, Politically Exposed Persons (PEP) lists, terrorist lists or official government sanctions lists.

Global media search helps you comply with Enhanced due diligence when recruiting senior executives.

PEPs, sanctions & enforcement checks

Identify if an applicant is subject to regulatory sanctions or enforcements, or is a known terrorist, money launderer, fraudster, Politically Exposed Person (PEP), or is black-listed, using a comprehensive database of over 4 million high risk individuals and over 1 million politically exposed persons (PEPs).

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

Adverse financial checks

If a job role requires an individual to manage money, you may want to check their financial background to reduce the risk to your organisation. Adverse financial checks collate publicly available data to reveal any adverse information about an applicant. You'll be able to check whether a person has any County Court Judgments (CCJs), bankruptcies, Scottish decrees, voluntary arrangements or administration orders.

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

Bank account check

Validate that an individual's bank account details and account holder information are correct and consistent with source bank information. Have confidence that the supplied sort code and account information belongs to the name and the address of the employee.


Right To Work checks

As an employer, you need to validate an applicant's identity at the beginning of the recruitment process, and obtain a statutory excuse. To demonstrate Right to Work, you need to check, copy and retain original Government issued documents. The type of check you require should be considered against the level of security you wish to introduce.

Using facial recognition, you can match a document to a person and detect forged, fake or counterfeit identity documents from across the globe.

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

Reference checks

Manage references from new team members quickly and easily with reference checks. Ensure each step of the process is accurately completed, so you can achieve consistent results.

You can 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.

Reference checks 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

Verify an individual’s full name and date of birth at their address - in seconds. To obtain a pass, the identity must match against at least two separate data sources (with a DOB match at least once). Identity checks give you access to a wealth of data sources, including the edited electoral roll, credit header data, landline telephone directory and National ID Register.

You can also check an individual against the mortality and National Change of Address database to check for indications of potential identity fraud.

Identity checks reduce risk in your recruitment process as you can be sure the applicant is who they say they are, before you meet them.

Why you should perform employee screening

Make your recruitment process more efficient

Online employee screening is quicker and more accurate than manual screening. Get the evidence you needed to make informed decisions, faster. Eliminate human error and reduce your admin costs.

Fulfil your 'duty of care'

Screening new recruits and existing employees helps in the fight against terrorism, financial crime, people trafficking and illegal immigration. Do your bit to keep vulnerable people safe.

Have confidence in your decisions

Know you can trust your team members, and make the right decisions based on more than just a gut feeling.

Reduce fraud

Protect your business from financial loss and reputational damage by preventing the hire of anyone with a criminal background or anyone who has been involved in serious financial crimes.

Stay compliant

Compliance is vital. As an employer, it's more important than ever that you keep up with changing legislation. Performing pre-employment screening helps you meet Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorism Fund (CTF) obligations, and you'll be able to demonstrate that you've supported the 'Right to Work' process.

Don't take our word for it, see what our customers have to say about our employee screening services

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

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

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

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

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

De Monfort University

GBG employee screening services

GBG OnlineDisclosures

Offering online DBS checks through a fast, automated and cost effective screening solution, so you can protect vulnerable people and stay compliant.

GBG OnlineDisclosures
GBG KnowYourPeople

GBG KnowYourPeople is a leading UK employee identity checking service, givign you the intelligence to confirm recruits are who they say they are, so you can remain compliant.

GBG KnowYourPeople
GBG AdvancedCheck

Our comprehensive, electronic driver checking service improves the efficiency, management and process of obtaining driving license, MOT and insurance checks.

GBG AdvancedCheck

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