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airside pass for contractors

Airside pass – the contractors’ guide

If you are looking for work as a contractor in the travel industry then you may be required to obtain an ‘Airside pass’.  This is a pass showing that you have been checked for identity and trustworthiness and that you are suitable for working in what is a very sensitive area. As travellers, we can…
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what jobs need a DBS check?

What jobs should have a DBS check?

When we look at the question “what jobs should have a DBS check” we actually need to split it down into two separate questions. This is because in some jobs a DBS check is mandated, whereas in others it is optional but still a good idea. So in this post we’re actually answering two questions;…
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Does the FCA do background checks?

Does the FCA do background checks?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requires that people in positions of authority and trust within the financial services sector in the UK are honest and trustworthy. As part of this, they mandate that individuals’ background is checked, including their criminal record and experience and this forms part of their ‘approved persons’ regime. To be clear,…
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What is BPSS?

What is BPSS? – the employers’ guide to BPSS screening

BPSS is the standard background check required for government employees and contractors in the UK. It includes a variety of elements such as criminal records and identity checks and is a minimum requirement for working in and with the public sector. If you work with the public sector in secure environments then you’ll need to…
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Employee background checks for HR managers

Employee background checks for HR managers – a quick guide

Employee background checks can form an important part of the recruitment process but if you’ve never done them before you may be wondering what’s involved. In this post, we’re giving you a quick overview of what is included and what you need to do as an HR manager to make your background checking efficient and…
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Does your company need to do background checks?

Does your company really need an employee background check?

A background check can form an important part of your recruitment process and can help reduce the risks that your company faces. If your company doesn’t carry out pre-employment screening then there is a really important question you need to ask; What do you really know about your new employees when they join? With the…
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What is an FCA check?

What is an FCA check?

Financial services companies that are regulated by the FCA have to abide by the rules set by the regulator and one of these is the Fitness and Propriety check. This is a check into the background of senior managers and directors that ensure that consumer’s money is kept as safe as possible. People that are…
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HR managers guide to DBS checks

The HR managers’ guide to DBS checks

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks can be a very useful tool in the recruitment process and for some industries, they are a regulated requirement so understanding the benefits (and of course the rules) is important for any HR manager. In this post, we’re looking at what DBS checks are, when they should be used…
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HR manager discussing DBS refresh

How often do employers need to refresh DBS checks?

Many employers use Disclosure and Barring Service checks as part of their recruitment risk reduction process but it is a little known fact that they are good only for the day they are done. For example, if you carry out a basic check today on one of your employees and they are convicted of an…
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UK Jobs market tightens as COVID recovery gathers pace

As the UK emerges from a series of COVID lockdowns, it has been surprising to see that the predicted rise in unemployment hasn’t yet appeared. Contrary to many analysts’ predictions, employers are now reporting skills shortages with difficulties recruiting and retaining good quality staff. So what can employers do if they need to expand their…
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