So what is a background check ?
There are many reasons why somebody might want to do a background check but we are focusing here on background checks for employment. The answer to the question what is a background check is the same for all employers but the answer to the follow on question what is checked in a UK employee background check will vary depending on the job been filled.
Now you know what is a background check and more importantly what comes up in a background check. Employers need to have a good reason to do a background check. The UK law is very clear on what can be checked. This article on Checks employers can make on job applicants is worth reading.