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Referencing / Work history

There are two core elements to what most organisations refer to as an employment reference check: employment verification (date and role confirmation from previous employer) and substantive referencing (meaningful commentary on conduct and competence of individual being referenced). Many organisations not required to by statutory or regulatory obligation will opt to satisfy just the former when they should be mindful of both.

Reviewing a candidates work history is vital in order to verify that the information supplied by a candidate is factual. Concealing information for a future or former employee can have severe consequences, as rightly so employers start to question the honesty and integrity of a candidate, yet some people still do this.

It can be easily concealed when the correct employee reference checks are not enforced to assess the validity of the information supplied. The ideal model includes a full review of cross referencing information supplied from application to CV, and then further analysis of those gaps in between. This can include candidates supplying evidence of their activity in the form of bank statements or travel proof.

Review of the work history, CV supplied, gap evidence and references themselves including analysis of the dates supplied and explanations required for any misleading information, we believe this process is essential to maintain and create a safer world at work for all.

The source of a reference must be verified to validate the individual providing the reference is in a position to do so, and also by checking the details of establishment the worker was employed by this eliminates any false information being taken into account.

This check is included in the following buy-online products:

Prevent (BPSS)

The Prevent package is an entry-level screening designed for low risk roles. A simple and efficient process that gives you peace of mind that your checks are compliant with UK law and the BPSS standard.

Protect (BS7858)

The Protect package is a robust screening level, based on the BS7858 government industry standard. Ideal for organisations in sectors, including the finance industry, communications, energy and government departments where standards of background checking are expected to be met.


The Secure package is designed specifically for high risk, senior and management roles. A thorough screening package suitable for all industries and sectors, inclusive of directorship and sanctions checks. Build a complete picture of a candidate, protect your company and mitigate the risk of fraud and reputational damage.


The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) package is designed for all firms authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA). Such organisations include any Financial Conduct Authority-regulated organisations, such as UK-incorporated banks, building societies and credit unions as well as Prudential Regulation Authority-regulated investment banks and insurers.

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