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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.

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Is employment referencing broken in healthcare?

13th January 2021

A call for better regulation in the sector. Our mission is to put the value back into referencing.

Our first joint project workshop with Skills for Care, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Dominic Headley and VBA Consulting on Effective References and conduct information was a fascinating session today.

The sector badly needs standardisation, best practice, and guidance to help employers get more from the referencing process.

Some excellent discussions around future regulation, innovation and technology, the pressures and barriers, the role of recruitment agencies, and the opportunity to improve referencing in the sector.

The next consultation workshop is Thursday 21st January. 12:30-3. To attend please contact

Why do 60% of references never get returned?

21st January 2021

We enjoyed speaking at the second session of the joint project on improving references today.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Skills for Care, Dominic Headley & Associates, and VBA Consulting project is on a mission to put the value back into referencing.

An enlightening session on the barriers, pitfalls, and problems with referencing covering everything from GDPR and litigation to challenges with technology and lack of consistency.

The Department of Health and Social Care backed project is looking at:

- Standardisation

- Best practice

- Frameworks

- Regulatory action

Reed Screening Partner Integration with LinkedIn Talent Hub

8th February 2021

We are delighted to be a partner integration with LinkedIn Talent Hub which let's you source, manage, and hire all in one place.

From job boards to human resource information systems and more, LinkedIn's ATS brings hiring tools into one integrated workflow.

It seamlessly integrates with our systems where you can gain the benefits of our market leading time to screen driven by our 24/7 UK onshore team. We protect your business and provide a seamless candidate screening experience, leaving you to get back to what you do best.

Whatever your business size, our years of experience and team of experts can help you to hire the right people for your business - every single time.

You can take a look here

Ever wanted faster onboarding/hiring/screening checks?

22nd February 2021

Tomorrow the new Better Hiring Institute has its first meeting with UK GOV.

The Institute has been created to work with industry and government to streamline hiring whilst at the same time ensuring safeguarding.

It will be addressing subjects such as digital identity, education credentialing, referencing, social media screening, digital right to work checks, future of police checks, portability, technology, but always with safeguarding and job seekers front of mind.

Full details will be announced shortly as we seek to revolutionise the UK labour market for all.

We have been delighted to be early adopters of the Disclosure Scotland Online PVG System.

2nd March 2021

If you don't already use it, you should.

Here's why...

The speed of recruitment is key in assisting economic recovery in Scotland. We’ve found Disclosure Scotland’s PVG Online system revolutionary in delivering safeguarding quickly, allowing us to assist those looking for work and employers seamlessly and effectively. By conducting the checks remotely businesses receive the same high standard of clearance, but time to hire is cut significantly, saving time and money.

Rule changes to make it easier to recruit health and care staff

4th March 2021

Foreign workers in key health and care roles will have a greater opportunity to come to the UK following changes announces to the Immigration Rules.

Pharmacists, laboratory technicians, senior care workers and nursing assistants are among roles that have been added to the Shortage Occupation List, which gives people in these roles an advantage in obtaining a skilled worker visa. You can read more here.

Government launches modern slavery statement registry

11th March 2021

Modern slavery is a serious crime being committed across the UK in which victims are exploited for someone else’s gain.

The Home Office has launched a modern slavery statement registry online, a platform for organisations to share steps they have taken to tackle & prevent modern slavery.

It will enhance transparency & accessibility, by bringing modern slavery statements together in one place & will make it easier to find & compare them. 

It will allow users to search for statements and scrutinise the action organisations are taking to identify and address modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains. 

REED is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in its supply chains or in any part of its business. Our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy reflects this commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all business relationships. It also reflects the commitment to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in REED’s supply chains.

Organisations are strongly encouraged to submit their most recently published statement, find more information here

Launch of the UK Identity Fraud Advisory (UKIFA) to tackle the rise in recruitment fraud documents.

18th March 2021

Fake identity documents in recruitment are on the rise and impact employers more now than ever. The impact of COVID on the labour market has exposed organisations to an increase in document fraud, resulting in heightened risk to business.

In response, with UK Government, the UK Identity Fraud Advisory (UKIFA) has been launched to support businesses and work seekers.

Visit the website to find out everything you need to know about UKIFA, the UK’s first free resource to help tackle this problem and support business.

UKIFA - UK Identity Fraud Advisory

The UK’s leading source of events and information on employee screening!

30th March 2021

Take a look at our events page where you’ll be able to see our thought leadership events which are tailored to give industry leading insights.

Our webinars are always free, and are the place to go to hear from key speakers on critically important topics throughout 2021, such as:

Innovation in Employee Screening

Police Checks 2021

Post-Brexit Fundamentals

The Importance of Customer Experience

Introducing the Better Hiring Institute

UK GOV’s Digital Identity Project

Creation of The Better Hiring Institute, in collaboration with UK Government

15th April 2021

The Better Hiring Institute is an independent body designed to ensure safe recruitment across all sectors.

Do you long for a change in the hiring process in your industry? Do you face inefficiencies in the hiring process that you can see an opportunity to change?

Look no further, as The Better Hiring Institute will:

- Provide a platform to bring about change to hiring within your industry

- Improve productivity and efficiency as well as reducing the time and cost of hiring

- Ensure that you stay up to date with the latest developments and trends in hiring

- Take your expertise and help to develop standards and promote safer recruitment and safeguarding

- Help to influence UK Government policy

- Be the place to go to see Industry best practice, standards, and frameworks and provide information and advice.

You can visit the BHI website here

Home Office announce that physical document verification is to be reinstated for UK employers.

20th April 2021

The Home Office have announced that from May 17th, physical document verification is to be reinstated for UK employers.

Although on a positive the 8 week "retrospective check rule" has been abolished for candidates hired between April 20 and April 21 , which means they do not need to be re-checked.

But this is a huge blow and we see a step backward in hiring, which will cause challenges to recruitment, delays in hiring and a slow down for business, amongst many others.

Our Director, Keith Rosser is working hard to lobby to Home Office and bring awareness of the negative impact that this will have on the UK labour market. You can read more here

UPDATE: Employer right to work physical checks delayed to 21st June

12th May 2021

A victory for UK business or simply delaying the inevitable?

Following a lot of pressure from both outside and within government the Home Office have announced a delay to physical right to work checks from 17 May to 21 June.

But is this really a victory for employers or an easy way out for Home Office?

Does it fix:
- job mobility and opportunity for work seekers;
- flexible working for employees (i.e. how do I move job working from my new home in Cornwall?)
- removing those shielding and/or with COVID anxiety from the labour market;
- discrimination towards UK nationals (who can't be hired as quickly and efficiently as non UK nationals);
- heightened fraud risk with documents being posted around the UK;
- illegal working - is the human eye in Costa Coffee better than technology at spotting fakes?

BREAKING: House of Lords debate on digital right to work checks

18th May 2021

Our Director, Keith Rosser, was pleased to support members in the debate with the Minister of State for the Home Office.

Employers estimate that there has been a 75% reduction in costs to check identity through digital channels from the original in-person and paper-based methods, says Keith, who submitted a question to the Lords last week to push the issue of retaining digital checks permanently further. 

Other benefits of digital checks include less vulnerability to fraud and the potential to integrate with other information systems, which will further increase security performance.

He has spoken to the Recruiter and you can read the full article here

The Better Hiring Institute is calling on the creation of a framework for social media screening

3rd June 2021

The content you post online can have huge repercussions for your professional life.

We’ve all seen brand damaging social media posts. So for employers, social media screening can be a valuable tool to make calculated recruitment decisions, and to ensure the sanctity of their brand.

With social media now being an unavoidable part of daily life, it’s easy to gain a sense of a person by looking at their social media platforms. Because of this, many UK employers now carry out social media screening on their potential candidates with as many as a third apparently rejecting a candidate based on their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn profiles.

In the same way making decisions about previous conviction information must be done in a careful and considered way, so should any decisions based on social media checks.

The Better Hiring Institute is calling on the creation of a formal framework to help UK employers when making decisions based on candidate’s social media profile.

If you are employers undertaking social media checks, or a company providing social media checks then get in touch, or find out more about The Better Hiring Institute campaign here

Five days until the staffing crisis explodes?

9th June 2021

Today's audience with Lord Holmes saw our Director, Keith Rosser, provide the opening address on a fascinating discussion.

The event gave an opportunity for over 50 employers to express concerns with the plan to return to physical right to work checks on 21st June.

The key concerns covered included:
- non-UK nationals can be hired remotely, UK nationals can’t
- fewer job opportunities for people
- risk in fraud or Covid-cases as people forced to travel or post documents

A report of these concerns will be prepared for Ministers and MPs.

BREAKING NEWS: Return of physical right to work checks postponed!

18th June 2021

The Home Office are pushing back the reintroduction of physical right-to-work checks until 1st September 2021.

Although still a temporary adjustment and not a yet a permanent solution, this is a good outcome.

So thank you to ALL who attended who attended the session with Lord Holmes on 9th June, it demonstrates that the lobbying of industry bodies is being heard.

However, our work is not yet done, a long term strategic solution is still needed.

Employers converge with MP's to voice why digital right to work checks are vital

21st June 2021

Chaired by Dean Russell MP, Monday's audience saw brilliant speakers Keith Rosser, Darren Cornish and Cassie Watson providing their voice in the fascinating discussion on employer right to work checks.

Over 50 employers joined to express the need for a digital solution, and the benefits of digital right to work checks to UK employers and work seekers.

Notable topics included:

- Employers want a simple solution to securely check RTW documents
- A digital solution will enable employers to broaden geographic areas in hiring
- Non-UK nationals can be hired remotely, UK nationals can’t
- Physical checks pose a threat to the front line workers
- A need to embrace technology and prevent cost and risk to businesses
- Digital checks have a potential to prevent fraud as they more secure than physical

Thanks to everyone who attended to make the case to MPs, and we continue to lobby for a fair and digital right to work system.

Building back better with digital hiring

22nd June 2021

A brilliant piece by Lord Holmes on building back better with digital hiring, highlighting why the Government needs to embrace a digital right to work solution.

"Keith Rosser, Director of Reed Recruitment, argues that in person checks do nothing to reduce the risk of employment fraud. The reversion to paper based documents will, therefore, put barriers in the path of legitimate job applicants by UK nationals without reducing employment fraud. A return to in person, paper based checks will increase costs and cause delays."

The blog is available to read here.

Local Authority better hiring toolkit

28th June 2021

We are delighted to be collaborating with Cifas and The Better Hiring Institute on a project to revamp the guide for Local Authorities to help them defend against fraud and make informed hiring decisions.

Local Authorities, please get in touch with us if you are interested in getting involved in a group discussion or have any insights you can share!

We also encourage you to join the Better Hiring Institute Local Authorities subcommittee.

Is employee screening only about hiring? Do risks go away after the start date...

29th June 2021

The Reed Screening Index shows that 97.6% of candidates who are screened annually have no additional information flagged to be reviewed - whilst that figure is high, it isn’t 100%. Not all companies see continuous or regular screening as an essential process but like this article highlights, unfortunately, that can create a risk to your business. How will you know if something changes from the time when the initial screening was carried out, what if an employee has committed an offence that could endanger your organisation?

We're dedicated to ensuring a safer world at work, and unfortunately, people’s circumstance do change which can lead to a change in the results of their screening.

We can help - if you'd like any more information on how Reed Screening, the UK's only 24/7 onshore screening business can help your organisation, contact us at or you can visit our website here

Digital hiring

7th July 2021

"Digital is everywhere. How we work, when we work, even how we search for work."

A wonderful article in Contractor UK yesterday written by our very own Keith Rosser providing an honest and informative outlook on digital hiring and why it's vital to lead the UK into the 4th Industrial Revolution.

We're also urging the contractors - who will be most affected by our labour market returning to physical right to work checks, to write to your MP to support Digital Hiring past the 1st September! Find the template letters here

Qualification fraud awareness week

8th July 2021

All this week Prospects Hedd are raising awareness on qualification fraud, how people get away with it and the life-endangering risks that it can entail.

Fake credentials can be extremely dangerous, especially with diploma mills doing a massive proportion of their trade through fraudulent qualifications, that's why checking job applicable qualifications are still instrumental in assessing whether someone will be suitable for a role and capable of undertaking it’s duties. As such, verifying that any claim of a qualification is comprehensively verified is critical too.

There are many organisations who either don’t check job-applicable qualifications at all, or simply accept a certificate provided by the candidate without any secondary verification.

At minimum all of an applicant’s claimed qualifications should be verified at the certificate level, and via secondary verification – with the awarding institution having been verified separately, ensuring that they are a legitimate educational or training institution, holding the appropriate authority to award qualifications.

If you would like more information, want to work together to create a safer world at work, and allow you to get back to what you do best - contact us at or visit our Industry Hub

We are all human and we each deserve to be respected.

14th July 2021

This week, social media has been full of racist abuse towards the England players. It is unacceptable. We have also seen many social media users pull together to make a stand against those people - we must stand together to stamp out this behaviour, once and for all.

We say no to racism and bullying in any guise.

If you or anyone you know is or has experienced discrimination or bullying online, there is support.

Equality and Advisory Support Service
Stop Hate UK
Show Racism The Red Card

Annual Cifas Fraudscape report is out now

15th July 2021

We are delighted as always to input & collaborate with our partners over at Cifas to protect UK businesses from employee fraud.

Fraudscape highlights the continued risk of fraud to employers and their customers and is key to understanding the challenges and threats we face as a community, and which areas we need to focus on to fight fraud together.

You can read the full report here

Keith Rosser is on a mission to combat the rise of fake job ads.

21st July 2021

Our director, Keith Rosser, highlights the issue of job scams in the brilliant article from ToTalent.

JobsAware report a massive 74% of work seekers admitted to applying for a job they later believed did not exist

Fake jobs can give scammers access to all your personal details, which can be used in a number of ways by criminals, including identity theft.

Have you seen our Director Keith Rosser is making the work of work safer?

27th July 2021

Superb article by Recruiter Magazine showing the great work Keith is undertaking on pushing the digital hiring agenda, highlighting the rise of recruitment scams and his motivation to make the world of work a safer place for everyone.

Take a look here

Celebrating South Asian Heritage Month

11th August 2021

Here at Reed Screening we are committed to supporting diversity and to creating an inclusive culture, which is why we are delighted that we are in the midst of celebrating South Asian Heritage Month.

South Asian Heritage Month runs from 18th July to 17th August every year. It seeks to raise the profile of British South Asian heritage and history in the UK through education, arts, culture and commemoration, with the goal of helping people to better understand the diversity of present-day Britain and improve social cohesion across the country. It had its inaugural year in 2020. South Asian Heritage Month is about reclaiming the history and identity of British South Asians. People need to be able to tell their own stories, and this is an opportunity to show what it means to be South Asian in the 21st century, as well as look to the past to see how Britain became the diverse country it is today.

South Asian influences can be found everywhere in Britain, from our food and clothes to our music and even our words. The streets of our towns and cities are rich with the colours, sights and sounds of proud South Asian identity. Its culture permeates all parts of British life and adds to the diversity of the nation.

Interested to know more?

UK employers struggle with worst labour shortage since 1997.

17th August 2021

Whilst the UK is in the midst of a severe talent shortage, we see just 11 working days to go until the Home Office plan to revert to physical document checks.

Industry are working hard to lobby against the return to in -person checks, and we saw over 50 employers attend the Better Hiring Institute round table on digital right to work checks last week, Chaired by Lord Lucas and hosted by our Director Keith Rosser.

We heard about:

- How digital hiring has created jobs in many employment blackspots
- The thousands of people hired digitally during COVID who might not have otherwise been
- How digital hiring has improved inclusion and removed barriers for many people

The great news is they are putting together a proposal to Home Office and Parliamentarians this week with the important feedback provided by employers, on why the temporary adjusted checks have been vital to UK economy and why a continuation is needed!

All we ask for is a choice – physical and online.

24th August 2021

In only a matter of days the Home Office plan to revert to physical document checks. This means that UK employers will only be able to hire in person or with potential employees posting original documents.

Important feedback has been provided by ourselves along with many other employers to the Better Hiring Institute on why the temporary adjusted checks have been vital to UK economy and why a continuation is needed. A proposal has been sent to Number 10, Parliament, and other relevant government departments.

You can take a look at the brief in full on the Better Hiring Institute website here

Home Office announce extension of adjusted right to work checks to 5th April 2022.

26th August 2021

Following our lobbying over the last 12 months, the ability to conduct right to work checks remotely will continue.

The Home Office have made the decision to enable the conclusions of their review to be finalised and ensure the Right to Work Scheme continues to operate in a manner which supports employers to implement long-term, post-pandemic working practices.

You can read more here

Wonderful news yesterday!

27th August 2021

We are so pleased to have been able to help our great clients with the extension of adjusted right to work checks to 5th April 2022. Thank you to those who inputted in one way or other.

Our director Keith was really pleased for all of our clients that we managed to get this change over the line because it was so important to our clients and therefore to us.

This is why we’re working very closely with UK government on a number of projects as industry leaders for the screening sector.

You can hear about the next steps for right to work checks on our next FREE webinar here

Hiring after lockdown

10th September 2021

How to hire better during Scotland staff crisis.

Don’t let standards slip in the crisis…

Join a specific 1 hour event with Disclosure Scotland, Release Scotland and Reed Screening to discuss better ways of hiring after the lockdown on Thursday 30th September at 1PM

As the need to fill vacancies is more acute than ever, don’t let standard in your hiring slip. Hear about the work of the BHI on the Blueprint for Better Hiring. Also hear from Disclosure Scotland about their digital transformation and their plans for a revolution in criminal checks in Scotland.

Hiring faster and better is the key aim, but we must also hire safer. Disclosure Scotland are cracking down on applicants who lie on their application and that knowingly making a false statement to obtain a disclosure certificate is a criminal offence. If you are an employer and feel an applicant has deliberately withheld personal information for a disclosure application, or even presented a certificate to you that you think doesn’t look quite right, it’s crucial that you report these deliberate actions to Disclosure Scotland

We are delighted to partner with University of Strathcylde on their research

16th September 2021

Are you an employer in Glasgow or East Dunbartonshire? Do you have responsibility for recruitment?

Professor Beth Weaver and Dr Cara Jardine, from the University of Strathclyde, are conducting a 15 minute survey to find out what employers think about recruiting people with convictions.

If you feel you would like to share your views, we would ask you to simply click here which will take you to the survey

The importance of customer experience

30th September 2021

Candidate and Client experience is a key element of employee screening as for would-be employees it is one of the first experiences in a new company. For clients it is a process that can either delight or disappoint.

Join a specific one hour event to as we discuss the journey of delivering the best client and candidate experience on Thursday 21st October at 1PM.

This webinar covers the latest thinking for how to ensure candidates have the best possible experience and why client experience is one of the most important parts of employee screening.

Register for your place here

Only 52% of employers have carried out social media checks when hiring.

5th October 2021

In a recent survey we conducted, only 52% of employers have carried out social media checks when hiring.

We’ve all seen brand damaging social media posts. So for employers, social media screening can be a valuable tool to make calculated recruitment decisions, and to ensure the sanctity of their brand. With social media now being an unavoidable part of daily life, it’s easy to gain a sense of a person by looking at their social media platforms.

We enable social media checks through a platform that sifts through all open web sources, including, but not limited to media sites, international and legal records, social media platforms, online discussions and dark and deep web sources – only about 5% of which would be available through a standard search engine query.

The search will profile key business contacts/co-directors/business acquaintances, confirm addresses and locations, identify family and friends of interest or concern, freelance roles and directorships not otherwise disclosed, identify behavioural and personality traits, and document attitudes to work, lifestyle and other pertinent aspects that may influence the client's hiring decisions.

Did you know you can purchase a social media check from us here

Have your say!

6th October 2021

It is so important that we are engaging with our clients, potential clients and organisations who are interested in the information we offer – basically, what we're saying is that you don’t have to be looking for screening services to benefit from our insights.

Over the past 18 months, we have been working hard to ensure that we bring you industry leading and useful insights in all sorts of ways – webinars, news, trends in the industry, social media, our monthly email – the list goes on.

We are fast approaching 2022 (which seems to be creeping up faster than we can believe) and we'd really like to hear from you. Is there something more you would like to see from us? Particular topics we should include in our 2022 webinar plans? More information on checks? Our projects and future plans with UK GOV? Please do feel free to email your thoughts to

Finally, we want to say thank you to our dedicated community of employers who continue to join us at webinars, interact with us, give opinions & support on UK Government plans. We are looking forward to continuing our collaborations as a community.

This week marks National Customer Service week.

8th October 2021

Customer service plays a vital role in maintaining a successful business, so much so that companies invest in dedicated customer experience teams to ensure that 'customer is king' is a focus, as the perception a customer has of your brand can be make or break.

A recent survey shows that once a provider loses a customer, 68% will not go back, which proves how important it is to provide a good experience and retain your customers.

Join a specific one hour event as we discuss how to ensure candidates have the best possible experience and why client experience is one of the most important parts of employee screening. Thursday 21st October at 1PM - book your place here

Don't leave your business open to identity fraud.

Fraud is one of the most damaging but least publicised forms of risk that organisations face today, whether it's by deceit or malicious action by current or former staff, customers and suppliers, or the risk posed by someone fraudulently joining your staff under false pretences, there are innumerable ways that fraud can threaten your business.

Our cutting-edge technology increases the accuracy of ID verification, streamlines processes, and reduces the risk to your business. With AssuredID as part of your pre-employment screening checks you can be sure your employees are who they say they are, giving you confidence in the outcome of any further background checks. Find out more here

JobsAware launches to protect worker rights...

18th October 2021

Did you see our Director, Keith Rosser, speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning about his role as JobsAware Chair?

Fake job adverts particularly on social media platforms, cause:
- financial losses
- identity theft
- modern slavery
- illegal data harvesting
- money muling
- CV harvesting

Accounts for most of what Action Fraud call "Advance Fee Fraud" which costs the UK almost £17m a year.

We need better regulation and an Online Harms Bill that covers "pay for adverts".

Companies - make sure your supply chain is partnered with JobsAware

Recruiters & Job Boards - make sure you register with JobsAware

Umbrella Companies - promote the JobsAware free service to contractors on websites and payslips

...all costs nothing and can be done online here.

Coming soon...

21st October 2021

Less than 6 months until we revert to physical right to work checks on 5th April 2022.

Following a successful employer's session in August on digital right to work, we are working on a follow up event on right to work!

It is important to continue to build the case as to what is required by employers for digital right to work checks after 5th April 2022.

Keep an eye out for more information on this event coming soon.

100% said the staffing crisis has made candidate experience more important

22nd October 2021

Some interesting stats coming out of our webinar 'The importance of customer experience' yesterday.

100% said the staffing crisis has made candidate experience more important. This is just one of the insights from our successful webinar.

Other results included:

70% said flexibility is more important to a potential employee when applying to an organisation.

47% said that the application stage of the hiring process is most likely to put people off, followed by a close 42% stating interview/selection.

We wanted to extend thanks to our fantastic speakers yesterday Lily Drake, Cathy Illingworth and Keith Rosser.

We look forward to our next webinar 'Fake employees: What to look out for & how to spot them'. You can book on here

Staffing levels are under 70% of what they should be...

26th October 2021

This article highlights that many employers are closing their doors due to the staffing crisis. Some employers in other sectors are even taking to offering joining bonuses in order to increase the likelihood of filling their vacancies. We’ve seen warnings over driver and other worker and produce shortages.

What is the answer?

Calling all Local Authorities

1st November 2021

Do you want to be a part of refreshing the hiring guide for local authorities?

We are delighted to be collaborating with Cifas and The Better Hiring Institute on this project to help defend against fraud and make informed hiring decisions. We're making fantastic progress with the toolkit and would welcome your involvement.

Local Authorities, don't miss out on the chance to input your thoughts along with a number of others already involved. Please get in touch with us if you want to be a part of this guide and provide valuable insights.

Interested parties should contact

Don’t let your standards slip in the staffing crisis…

22nd November 2021

We are all aware of the Great Resignation and how this is impacting employers.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were 388,000 more vacancies in this period (August to October 2021) than the three months immediately before the pandemic (January-March 2020), with record highs in 15 of its 18 sector categories.

It is vital that employers ensure they are protecting themselves from unnecessary risk and adhering to proper hiring practices. If you are not sure you are screening potential candidates properly, we offer a wide range of background checks and screening packages that help to create a safer world at work.

Don't be tempted to cut corners in the urgency to fill your vacancies...

Reed Screening is proud to be leading the debate on modern digital hiring in the UK

24th November 2021

We are delighted that our Director Keith Rosser has been invited to a meeting with the UK Minister for Digital to further explain the benefits of digital identity and the digital hiring system.

These topics are essential for the current hybrid working reality.

Improving employee screening during Covid

26th November 2021

Brilliant event with the FCA and BHI members this week on improving employee screening during Covid. It was a great session with discussion points such as regulated references, expectations, sticking points and insights from industry leaders. The FCA provided great thoughts and advice, listened and also found the session useful.

Employers to revert to face-to-face and physical document checks…

29th November 2021

Adjusted Right to Work checks, due to Covid-19, are scheduled to end at the beginning of April 2022. This could mean that in person Right to Work checks are once again nearing.

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) wants clarity from the Home Office around digital identification process. Digital checks are crucial in allowing for a more agile and robust process to get people into work.

Here at Reed Screening we are looking forward to how the two departments will work together.

Could you spot a fake?

7th December 2021

In a recent survey we conducted, 69% of responses said they had never spotted identity fraud during the hiring process. In a follow up question, 62% of responses were not confident that they could spot a fake document in hiring.

How confident would you be in spotting fake identification?

In a recent example of identity fraud, seven landlords were fooled by a bogus tenant with false documents. This led to the landlords having to pay out over £50,000 in damages due to drugs being processed in the properties.

Here at Reed Screening we know how important it is to identify individuals properly. We want to work together to create a safer world at work and allow companies and hiring managers to get back to doing what they do best. For more information, visit our pre-employment checks A to Z directory

The role of digital in the future...

8th December 2021

Delighted to be invited to meet with the Minister for Digital alongside others such as We are Catalyst, Digital Catapult, Tech Nation, and Disability Rights UK.

We were delighted to talk about how important the role of digital will be in future for hiring, for working, and for fairness. We promoted digital right to work but also made the point that the world of work is changing due to Covid and digital. We also pointed out the opportunities that we have to improve the hiring and labour market to benefit the levelling up and tackle poverty.

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 (

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.

Right to Work checks to be digital forever from April 2022

27th December 2021

We know that security and speed are key for you. We’re pleased to bring you this information first on right to work checks becoming more secure and faster for employers.

We’ve kept businesses up to date on right to work changes over the last 12 months, we co-wrote the digital right to work inquiry for the APPG in November 2020 with Dean Russell MP and have since worked with a number of MPs, Ministers, and peers to get your views across. 3 Parliamentary events have been held, 4 Parliamentary questions have been asked, and briefings have been sent to Number 10 to drive digital right to work forward.

This is great news for the UK to compete internationally, to level up and to build back better.