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Identity Check

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Instant

50% of all UK reported fraud is identity fraud. (CIFAS)

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What is it?

The Identity Check verifies an applicant’s name, address and date of birth by cross-referencing their details against a range of verified databases. This includes a database of 1.2m stolen identities; you are notified when a red-flag alert is discovered, helping you highlight CV cloning and prevent identity fraud.

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Why do it?

Unless you know a person is who they say they are, any other information you receive on them – such as the results of a criminal check or confirmation of their qualifications – is futile and cannot be relied upon.

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Who is it for?

Everybody, regardless of job role. It’s required with any Onfido check.

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What is the turnaround time?

Instant

Right to Work Check

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1 hour

UK employers were fined a collective £24 million for employing illegal migrant workers in 2014, a 75% rise on 2013. (Parasol)

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What is it?

The Right to Work Check consists of a visual image scan which analyses passports and other documents to verify that they are genuine.

The technology will also identify whether the document has been recorded as lost, stolen or compromised, as well as also validating visa documentation to confirm whether or not your applicant has the right to work in the UK. Visa documentation is analysed and verified in accordance with UK Border Agency guidelines.

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Who is it for?

Right to Work checks are important in all industries regardless of job role.

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What is the turnaround time?

1 hour

Document Image Check

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Instant

There are over 40 million stolen passports in circulation (Interpol)

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What is it?

A Document Check consists of a visual image scan which analyses passports and other documents to verify that they are valid. The technology will also identify whether the document has been recorded as lost, stolen or compromised.

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Who is it for?

Document checks are important in all industries regardless of job role. It’s highly recommended, but not required.

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What is the turnaround time?

Instant

Criminal Record Check

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4.5 days

9.2 million people in the UK have criminal records. (NPIA)

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What is it?

There are three types of criminal check: Basic, Standard, and Enhanced. They all serve different purposes and you may need a specific type depending on applicant and job role.

A basic check is the simplest form of check, and can be run on any applicant. It involves liaising with the Police National Computer to verify and disclose all unspent convictions for the last five years.

A standard check is required by law in certain industries and job roles. It includes convictions held on central records and records both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.

An enhanced check is the most detailed level of disclosure. This contains the same information as a standard check but also includes a local police record check for relevant information. If required, a Barred List check can be added to an Enhanced Disclosure – for instance, to check whether an applicant has been barred from working with children.

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Who is it for?

A basic check can be carried out on any applicant; standard and enhanced checks can only be carried out if required by law. Read our Criminal Record Checking Guidelines to find out which level of check you need.

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What is the turnaround time?

Basic: 1—10 working days (average 4.5 days)

Standard: 1—20 working days (average 5 days)

Enhanced: 1—30 working days (average 10 days)

Credit Check

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10% of UK adults have had a County Court Judgement granted against them. (Credittoday)

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What is it?

The Credit Check highlights any adverse financial history an applicant may have. If an adverse financial history case is found, the details of the case will be listed.

The check includes:

• Bankruptcy
• Insolvency
• Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVA)
• CCJ's

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Who is it for?

Anybody, but recommended for roles that involve dealing with money, or spending time unsupervised within domestic or commercial properties.

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What is the turnaround time?

Typically instant, but may take longer in certain cases.

Education Check

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1-5 days

16% of executive CVs contain false academic claims and/or omissions. (Bloomberg)

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What is it?

The Education Check confirms that the applicant's education and qualification certificates are genuine through checking directly with the issuing establishment. The check confirms:

• Institution attended
• Dates attended
• Course type
• Course title
• Classification

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Who is it for?

Any roles requiring a specific degree or grade, and recent graduates; this check can be run on anyone, though.

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What is the turnaround time?

Typically, between 1-5 working days. However, in some cases it can take up to 2 weeks for an education verification to return.

Employment History Check

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10 days

70% of British workers admitted to lying or exaggerating on their CV.

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What is it?

The Employment History Check obtains and verifies an applicant's previous employment history.

The check includes:

• 2, 5, or 10 year confirmation of applicant's employment history from verified referees
• Confirmation of start and end dates, job title, department and relevant company information
• Employment timeline with supporting documentation for any gaps over 28 days

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Who is it for?

Medium to high skilled workers in service industries.

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What is the turnaround time?

Typically, you will receive 85% of references within 1-5 working days. In some cases, the final employment reference may take 2-3 more working days to be returned.

FCA Check

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1 hour

Total fines issued by the FCA during 2015 amounted to £818,712,756 (FCA)

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What is it?

An FCA Screening check is a background screening standard which is set out to determine a person’s integrity and confirm whether they are ‘fit and proper’ for the role they are undertaking.

Under the Financial Services and Markets Act (2000), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requires the firms that it regulates to adhere to a strict code of recruitment procedure and practice.

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Who is it for?

An FCA Check is essential for all employees working in the financial services sector.

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What is the turnaround time?

1 hour

Watchlist Check

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It is estimated that £48 billion – or 2% of the UK GDP – is laundered through the UK each year. (Money Laundering Bulletin)

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What is it?

The Watchlist Check will identify whether your applicant is listed on global watchlists.

This includes:

• Government Sanctions Lists
• Politically Exposed Persons Lists
• Anti-Terrorism Watchlists
• Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Watchlists
• CIA Watchlists
• Global
• Disqualified Directors

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Who is it for?

Crucial for any applicant working in the financial, political or legal spheres. Also important for management roles.

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What is the turnaround time?

Typically instant, but may take longer in certain cases.

Negative Media Check

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1 hour

70% of employers have rejected an applicant based on their online reputation. (Forbes)

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What is it?

The Negative Media Check flags whether your applicant has been mentioned in any negative media articles in the public domain.

Our technology scrapes thousands of media sources to populate a concise list of relevant negative media articles.

Negative Media Checks are of interest to any industry where a negative media article about an employee could adversely affect the company.

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Who is it for?

Any roles where the applicant may be in the public eye. In particular, roles in the following industries would benefit from this check:

• the media industry
• the financial sector
• professional services
• technology sectors
• political organisations

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What is the turnaround time?

Typically turned around within 1 hour, but may take longer in certain cases.

We also produce bespoke checks for your specific needs.
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