How to get your 5-year employment history

Have you been asked by a prospective employer for your five-year employment history?

Do you need to respond to a pre-employment screening question regarding your former employers?

Sometimes it is difficult to remember the exact dates of your former employment especially if you have moved around a bit as many people did during COVID.

But the good news is that there is a way that you can get an official confirmation of who you worked for and when.

What is HMRC’s 5-year Work History?

You can find your work history by accessing your PAYE tax records on the .gov website.

It doesn’t take long and the best news is that it is absolutely free.

As well as showing what companies you have worked at it also shows useful information like how much you were paid and what your tax code was.

It does take a little bit of effort but it isn’t rocket science and once you have your information most employers will take this as confirmation of your work history.

How to get your 5 year work and tax record step-by-step

In this post, we are looking at how you can get confirmation of your five-year employment history from HMRC online in a matter of seconds.

Just follow the easy steps below and you’ll be good to go.


Sign in to the government gateway 

The first step is to sign into your normal government gateway account. Most people have these but if you don’t then don’t worry because they are easy to set up and free.

If you have an account then you will probably be sent a One Time Password (OTP) or Activation Code to get you into the system.

How to get your 5-year employment history

If you don’t have an account then click here and set one up.


Click on Pay As You Earn (PAYE)

Click on the PAYE link to see your tax account


Check previous tax years

The Check Previous tax years will have details of your employment and pay



Print your detail

This page will give you all the detail you need


You can print out the detail by using the ‘print this page’ link


This will bring up another box and you can then choose to print it by selecting a printer here or you can save as a Pdf.

And that’s it – job done!

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