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Posted: September 10, 2020
There are many legal and cultural considerations to consider when implementing a background screening program in the United Kingdom (UK). The UK, which encompasses the geographical region of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, has numerous laws impacting background screening. In particular, it is important to be aware of the UK’s unique data privacy laws and legislation that is focused on the rehabilitation of ex-offenders stemming from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
The most commonly conducted background checks in the United Kingdom include verifying an applicant’s education and employment history, checking professional references, and conducting criminal records checks. There are numerous other background checks available in the UK, including reviewing an individual’s credit history and motor vehicle records but these searches are usually only conducted when they are relevant to the position being filled. Other background searches in the United Kingdom include Civil Records, Bankruptcy Records, Credit Check, Directorship Search, Passport Check, ID Verification, Global Search (sanctions and watch lists), Professional License Verification and Professional References. There rare also numerous background check requirements for regulated positions in the financial field.
The following are the types of background checks in the UK:
It is important to note that Standard and Enhanced disclosures are only available for employers located in the UK.
Here are few other considerations to take into account when conducting background checks in the UK:
If you have questions on conducting background checks in the UK or regarding international background checks in general, please contact Info Cubic’s client service team at 888-925-0922 to discuss how we can support your organization with International Background Checks.