Employment screening news
Our role with government trade bodies and our influence on legislation changes places us firmly as leaders in the UK screening market. Visit this page for industry leading information on innovation, technology developments, policy trends, and changes, future plans and strategy from UK government and governments of the devolved nations.
We are working with UK GOV to ensure that the screening process is being reviewed, as there are obvious challenges due to Covid-19 (coronavirus). Some of this is around meeting face to face with a potential candidate to complete an identity check. Therefore, we have influenced various regulators to change their approach in these unprecedented times.
The potential pitfalls of AI in recruitment and hiring
15th December 2021
A recent BBC News article helps to illustrate how AI and digital job advertising could lead to discrimination when recruiting for new employees.
Facebook has been accused of sexist job advertising and breaking equality laws in the way its advertising algorithm targets individuals. Campaign group Global Witness conducted an experiment testing the algorithm and who it showed job ads to. One striking example was a job ad for nursery nurses. Of the individuals shown the ad, 95% of them were women. The only specification of the advertisement was to show it to UK adults.
Digital tools and AI can help improve efficiency and increase the number of individuals who you can potentially reach out to for employment. It is important to use these tools properly and we have been working with the Better Hiring Institute to ensure equality when hiring new employees.
Right to work update – changes you need to know…
23rd December 2021
From 6 April 2022, employers need to be aware that right to work checks for Biometric Residence Card (BRC), Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), and Frontier Worker Permit (FWP) holders will be changing.
Currently, it is acceptable to check a physical BRC, BRP, or FWP as a valid proof of an individual’s right to work in the UK. From 6 April 2022, these physical documents will no longer be accepted. BRC, BRP, and FWP holders will need to demonstrate their right to work status using the Home Office online service only. Holders of these documents can obtain a share code which allows employers to check right to work status using a candidate’s date of birth and share code. The service can be accessed on GOV.UK at: View a job applicant's right to work details - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
There is no need for employers to retrospectively check the status of BRC and BRP holders who were employed up to and including 5 April 2022. Employers will also maintain a statutory excuse against any civil penalty if the initial checks were done in line with the guidance that applied at the time the checks were made.
Breaking news on right to work
20th January 2022
Today the Home Office and DCMS publish more updates on the new right to work regime from April 6th with our Director, Keith Rosser quoted.
Supporting this important work, Keith was quoted as saying:
"Digital innovation to a previously manual process will revolutionise the way UK employers hire, operate, and structure their business in future. Digital Right to Work checks are more secure and faster meaning as we build back better from the pandemic, UK hiring will be quicker and safer. The use of technology means companies across the UK can hire from any talent pool regardless of location aiding the levelling up agenda and helping UK companies compete internationally."
We have always been advocates of digitising right to work, in 2018 we piloted and trialled the online checking service, have been committee members of the Home Office policy group ECHO for five years, and have supported the move away from face to face checks.
For more information, see the full announcement here: New digital identity checking for landlords and employers to tackle immigration abuse
Not enough time to implement digital right to work
28th January 2022
68% do not believe there is enough time to implement a digital right to work solution by April 6th.
Less than 1% of employers don’t want digital right to work checks and 76% believe a digital solution will be better at identifying fake documents.
Thank you to our speakers for being with us at our webinar on digital right to work yesterday where we were joined by DCMS, Home Office, DBS, and Parliamentarians.
We also wanted to say a huge thank you to the 400+ employers who joined and inputted thoughts and feedback.
Keep up to date and involved with our upcoming webinars which have a strong focus on critical topics for employers.
Our next webinar is on digital criminal record checks with fantastic speakers Mark Sugden and Sarah Clifford from DBS. Be quick - tickets are going fast! You can register here - https://lnkd.in/dSp5yYGh
That’s not all, we have a whole year of insightful webinars that you can take a look at and book ontohere
Key digital right to work insights
3rd February 2022
Were you one of the 400+ organisations who joined us last week with Home Office, DCMS, DBS and Parliamentarians on our digital right to work in hiring webinar where we discussed the implications of the 6th April deadline?
Read our blog where we explain the key session insights.
With the government’s announcement that digital right to work checks are to be made a permanent option for employers, it’s now becoming apparent exactly what that means and what the next steps are for businesses.
We give you all of the information in our latest blog post - you can have a read here.
Recruitment and screening trends for 2022
10th February 2022
A month in to the new year and the recruitment sector is rising to meet the challenges that 2022 may bring.
With technological developments and new processes being implemented to respond to the ongoing pandemic, as well as the adoption of new practices to ensure inclusive and robust hiring procedures, the trends we’re likely to see become mainstays in 2022 are embracing and adapting to the ever-changing world we’re living in now.
Here, we’ve set out three of the biggest innovations we’re likely to see being adopted in recruitment this year, and how they could benefit businesses in the long term.
The Great Resignation & how to respond
15th February 2022
69% of UK workers were ready to move jobs in what’s been dubbed ‘The Great Resignation’ – and what’s more, only 16% were worried about trying to find a new one.
With just 11% of workers moving jobs in a typical year, 2022 is shaping up to be a choppy one. But what’s brought all this on? Read our latest blog covering how you can respond here.
71% believe digital identity will speed up DBS checks
17th February 2022
If you were one of the 150+ organisations who joined us last week with DBS on our digital criminal record checks webinar then you will have heard some fantastic insights.
If you weren't able to join us or you have a few minutes to spare, we've written a blog covering the key session insights, we hope you find it useful.
We also wanted to say a huge thank you to the many employers who gave their feedback and raised questions, we're here if you have any queries about the upcoming changes for you as employers and we're happy to help.
BREAKING NEWS...COVID adjusted right to work checks set to continue until 1st October 2022
22nd February 2022
Extension to the current deadline of 6th April for six months.
This means employers can continue to hire in the same way they have been since March 2020.
We have provided evidence which has gone a long way to persuading Ministers according to Home Office officials.
Thank you to the over 400 employers who joined the event in January, your contributions directly led to this extension.
You can read the full announcement here.
New Local Authority toolkit launches soon!
8th March 2022
Do you know who you are hiring?
We're always working hard to ensure we are giving you the best information on all things screening to keep your business safe. Our mission is to create a safer world of work so we've teamed up with CIFAS, Better Hiring Institute, and Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally to create a Local Authority toolkit.
This will provide a wealth of guidance on all things screening and will help to ensure that you do all that you can to avoid insider fraud.
Look out for the launch which will be happening very soon, feel free to get in touch with us for more information too.
Pay transparency pilot launched to break down barriers for women
14th March 2022
UK Government to launch two new initiatives to boost employment opportunities for women!
Hoping to support individuals who are stepping back into work, or making their next career move in STEM sectors, the government realises it makes good business sense to share salary details at the beginning of the application process to avoid wage discrimination and close salary gaps.
Additionally, the new programme will support returners across the UK – providing the opportunity to refresh and grow skills before re-entering the workforce.
The program is set to run for two years, and the evidence gathered will enable and provide a base for organisations to provide their own ‘returner’ programmes.
Read more about the pilot here.
Reed Screening Director Keith Rosser gave his first lecture at the London School of Economics
28th March 2022
Huge congratulations to our Director Keith Rosser who gave his first 1st ever guest lecture at the London School of Economics!
The "socialisation of digital technologies in hiring" looked at the ongoing evolution of "RecTech" and what it means for bias, ethics, and regulation in hiring against a backdrop of mounting legislation.
Keith believes digital hiring:
- will shorten hiring times by 50%
- will help levelling up
- will create challenges of bias we must overcome
- could help the UK overcome the barriers and prejudices that cause problems for our diverse groups
- must be developed in a more balanced way, not just with private sector agendas
- must take into account fairness and safety as much as speed and efficiency
Digital technologies are changing worker rights, employment models, and creating both opportunities and challenges in the gig economy.
A health care employee shortage is affecting the UK...
4th April 2022
Demand for nursing assistants is on the rise due to staffing shortage caused by Covid-19.
Unfortunately, some scammers in Zimbabwe have taken it upon themselves to turn this crisis into a get rich quick scheme by setting up fake nurse aide training to take peoples money. See the recent article here.
Our Director Keith Rosser is Chair of JobsAware and he says: "With the way we work and look for work continuing to evolve, job scams are becoming increasingly common and sophisticated. We know how damaging it can be to fall victim to such scams now more than ever. That is why it’s important to educate and arm job seekers with the understanding and support they need to recognise and report suspected fraud."
A GOV UK page, JobsAware platform, and social media campaign will be helping to advise people of the risks inherent in job searching. For more information check out the GOV website.
The hardest part of hiring?
21st April 2022
2/3 of employers think referencing will be the most difficult part of the hiring process post digital right to work and criminal record checks…
Is it right that only 61% of requested references are returned? What about the extra work for you to obtain the other 39%?
Here at Reed Screening, we've led on the introduction of digital right to work and digital criminal record checks, notably the area creating the most challenge for employers is referencing.
We are actively working with government & industry to improve the referencing process.
Discussing the challenges of the future UK right to work scheme
6th May 2022
Wonderful Parliamentary Briefing held yesterday, which outlined the upcoming challenges around the future UK right to work scheme.
As of September 2022, 1 in 5 job seekers will become "second class" leaving 20% of the population at a disadvantage when applying for work.
With combined efforts and knowledge from the group the agreed next steps are to create a Parliamentary Briefing on the necessary changes to Right to Work, advise MPs on the impact to work seekers and engage with the relevant UK Gov departments.
Thank you to all who joined the fantastic session co-hosted by the Digital Policy Alliance and Better Hiring Institute, including Professor Jon G. Hall and Lord Ralph Lucas.
What is the cost of a poor hire?
23rd May 2022
Did you know that the cost of a poor hire can be 50-150% of the annual salary of the position?
While it may outwardly appear to be simply a means to an end, the recruitment process is an integral part of your business. After all, it’s about the people you choose to run the day to day of the company.
Read our latest blog for both large and small changes on approaches to finding and choosing your next new hire.
Blueprint for Better Hiring
13th June 2022
Last week, our director & Chair of the Better Hiring Institute (BHI), Keith Rosser, was joined by BHI Advisory Board members Alison McDowell, and Philip Graham to take over our webinar.
They provided updates on "The Blueprint for Better Hiring in the UK" covering:
- the future of job adverts
- the future of job applications
- technology in hiring
- Digital Right to Work checks
- Digital Identity
- Education Credentialing
- Social Media Screening
- Campaign for Better Referencing
- Industry Better Hiring Toolkits
You can find the blueprint and more information about the BHI on their website.
Welcome to Digital Careers
27th June 2022
We’re removing barriers for you, helping to get those much needed employees quicker.
Here at Reed Screening we’re all about making employee screening better for job applicants and employers alike and we’re always working hard to innovate pre-employment screening.
Overall, referencing is the slowest part of the employment screening process. Having led on innovation with UK GOV to accelerate other parts of the processes, including digital identity, digital right to work, and digital DBS, referencing is now the focus.
So, welcome to Digital Careers! We've partnered with Konfir to offer instant employment verifications across the UK. Overhauling the outdated employment referencing process by saving time while putting employees back in control of their data.
To find out more you can read our blog post here.
Simplifying standards in recruitment
1st July 2022
Brilliant launch of the APSCo Compliance standard for healthcare at the House of Lords yesterday.
This is an amazing opportunity to simplify standards into one clear way of working for recruitment agencies and shows synergy with our mission to make hiring Faster, Fairer, and Safer
Our Director Keith Rosser is delighted to have been asked to Chair such an important initiative. This is a tool to create one global standard to simplify supply for recruiters in a complex sector dominated by conflicting compliance standards
We should all be rallying to simplify standards wherever possible across industries and this is a fantastic step for healthcare recruiters.
The clock is ticking...
11th July 2022
There are only 3 months until you as employers can either use a digital route for right to work checks or you will have to either ask your applicants to physically come in or post their documents.
We’ve created a helpful e-book that we hope will be useful, you can access it here.
Reed Screening Director Keith Rosser appointed to the board of a UK regulator in the labour market
23rd July 2022
We are proud of our Director Keith Rosser, who was recently appointed to the board of a UK regulator for the labour market.
Keith has worked over 2 decades in labour markets and supply chains as a non-executive the Scottish Government, was appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Panel to the Taylor Review of Good Work and has developed co-regulatory practice within the labour market.
Keith believes “The GLAA's commitment to protecting workers, to raising standards within the labour market, and to tackling the erosion of work rights in our post pandemic labour market attracted me to the board position.”
Important screening changes in Education
11th August 2022
Keeping children safe - Important screening changes in Education
The rise in concern about online behaviour has prompted the Department for Education (DfE) to include new guidance to ensure that we keep children safe.
We were delighted to provide feedback and meet with the DfE on the latest changes in Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) which is such an important document. One of the big changes of note is that online searches for all teaching staff should be carried out as part of your hiring process for all teaching staff from 1st September.
To read the full guidance follow this link.
No more right to work checking by video interview
18th August 2022
Securing work after right to work goes digital on October 1st will be quite a job without an in-date passport.
How do we ensure that work-seekers without valid passports don’t become second-class job candidates?
Great to see our director Keith Rosser in Contractor UK here.
90% of UK employers still not fully confident in the new right to work scheme
2nd September 2022
Nearly 500 UK employers joined our director, Keith Rosser, Anita Pali, and Selina Brumant from Home Office as speakers yesterday to hear the latest on the digital right to work scheme due 30th September.
We’re driving digital right to work across September with a number of upcoming events and insights - you can view our upcoming events here.
Reed have over 60 years at the forefront of work, come and work with the only business quoted by Home Office in their January press release showcasing our role in bringing this change about.
Reed Screening shares digital Right to Work pilot feedback with the Home Office
22nd September 2022
Because we’re open 24/7, we have been completing right to work checks at all times of the day, even at the weekends. Here are some key highlights:
- 3 minutes to conduct the digital check
- Over 90% completion rate
- 5 fake documents identified that could not have been using F2F/adjusted checks
Here at Reed Screening, we’ve been live with digital right to work checks for well over a month and can already see the benefit to candidate experience, onboarding times, and identifying fake documents.
Digital right to work is here!
3rd October 2022
In a recent poll of businesses:
Only 5% believe that face to face/postal right to work checks are safer than digital...
85% of UK employers believe that digital identity will make hiring safer, with the same percentage stating that there is not enough information available to identify fraud in the new scheme.
There have been a lot of changes around UK right to work and we are here to keep you prepared! Still have questions? Check out our digital recruitment e-book.
The use of AI in recruitment
24th October 2022
The use of Artificial Intelligence to analyse candidate videos and applications has been called a “pseudoscience.”
The COVID 19 pandemic’s ushering in of remote working has also ushered in a new age of remote recruitment. AI’s impact is already being called into question, with bias central to this criticism.
Completely removing humans from the recruitment process is not only ineffectual, but it is based on the misconception that technology is able to completely perform functions such as measuring a candidate’s suitability based on a video. This has been debunked by variables such as wearing glasses, sitting in front of a bookcase, and wearing a headscarf.
At Reed Screening, we advocate humans in the recruitment technology process to ensure that candidates are more fairly assessed against job-related characteristics as opposed to a full AI process that may ultimately discriminate against characteristics such as gender and race.
There are a lot of benefits to technology in the recruitment process and should welcome the opportunities that it brings, but we must be wary of software in its infancy that may be sifting out suitable candidates in the recruitment process.
Case study findings with Konfir
1st November 2022
Our joint aim was to drastically reduce the turnaround time of activity verification.
43% of requests have been completed within three hours and 70% within a day.
What else did we learn? Take a look at our blog to find out.
Reed Screening Director speaking at the Future Identity Festival
14th November 2022
Today at the Future Identity Festival, our Director Keith Rosser will be speaking on the future of work with digital identity.
We have seen that digital right to work checks have the potential to make hiring faster and safer, but how do we better safeguard against the rising fraudulent documents that have increased this year?
Hardwiring safeguarding into the hiring process is key to a fairer world of work.
The case for digital identity is great – but there is much to do. Keith will let us know the whys and hows of all things digital identity for onboarding.
Using technology for ID verification
21st November 2022
85% of our surveyed organisations believe using technology for ID verification is safer as it can easily identify fake documents and people without the proper authorisation to work.
Unsure what the changes to right to work policy mean for you? In short, you can no longer conduct video right to work calls and must now either revert to face to face or go digital with a supplier.
The value of digital identity
1st December 2022
90% of employers see the value that digital identity could bring to digitising employment
81% state that there are more challenges screening the contingent workforce than permanent.
We had a great session last week so we wanted to say a big thank you to Laura Dias from DCMS, Proff. Jon Hall from the Better Hiring Institute and our director Keith Rosser for joining us to talk all things gig economy and digital identity.
Right to work feedback delivered to Home Office
15th December 2022
This week, our Director met with UK Home Office to discuss improvements to the current digital right to work scheme.
Throughout our 2022 webinar series, we have encouraged employers to provide their feedback on the scheme and hosted speakers from a range of expert fields such as government, legal, and digital identity, to provide their insights on the scheme and what their expectations are moving forward.
Our mission to create a safer world of work aligns with our partners and we are delighted to be at the forefront of influencing improvements to the UK labour market.
We are looking forward to seeing the implementation of a safer world of work for our clients and stakeholders, in addition to the wider UK labour market.
Launch of the Better Hiring Toolkit for Care!
9th January 2023
Here at Reed Screening, we are motivated by our mission to create a safer world at work.
We are delighted to be mentioned along with our project partners the Better Hiring Institute, the Disclosure and Barring Service, Skills for Care, Dominic Headley & Associates, and VBA Consulting on the gov.uk website regarding our involvement in the seminal Better Hiring Toolkit for Care.
We understand the importance of undertaking rigorous checks, and we were delighted to work with experts in the field of safeguarding to highlight and promote best practice in a sector as vital as care.
Amongst other things, we have delved into:
- How to obtain and provide effective references when recruiting
- How to promote a thriving safeguarding culture beyond the onboarding stage
- Simplifying an often-complex process of recruitment by promoting best practice
Reed Screening’s Corinne Peart was mentioned as being “extremely pleased to have worked on the vitally important Better Hiring Toolkit for Care. … At Reed Screening we are proud to contribute to helping such an extremely important sector hire quickly and safely.”
Webinar Launch of the Better Hiring Toolkit for Care
19th January 2023
Today is the day of the webinar launch of the Better Hiring Toolkit for Care with our project partners!
We have worked tirelessly with our expert partners to compile this best practice guidance to make the sector safer. All of our work is driven by our mission to create a safer world of work and we are so excited to be contributing to this seminal document for a sector as vital as care.
The toolkit looks at creating and nurturing a safeguarding mindset as well as looking at what stages of the recruitment process that providers can ensure that they are hiring the right employees to work with the vulnerable people in their care.