Pre-employment reference and right to work checks for your business

From employment history to education, our data will give you added confidence when making decisions.

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We can help you recruit with confidence

Are your hiring processes up to the job? Signing up the best talent for the right role is crucial for the success of your business. But there’s more involved than just ticking boxes. We understand you want to get a feel for a candidate’s strengths, weaknesses and integrity, and you need to do this based on facts, not hunches. We can give you the software, data and services you need to carry out pre-employment and existing employee background checks to help you recruit and retain the best talent, with confidence. Our checks will also save your business time, money and hassle.

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How pre-employment reference & right to work checks benefit your business

Our software, data and services give you a deep understanding of who a candidate really is based on their employment history, personal references, and a wide range of other checks. They give you everything you need to verify credentials at the touch of a button, remove the need to store paperwork.

  • Better understanding: Get a feel for a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Validate: Confirm a candidate’s education and employment history
  • Confirm: Verify a candidate’s legal right to work in the UK
  • Personal: Assess a candidate’s honesty, integrity and reliability


Confirm education history

Missing information

Fill in CV gaps


Validate employment history


Understand character

Advanced technology

Confirm identity with facial recognition


Make faster hiring decisions

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Key features of our pre-employment reference and right to work checks

Check a candidate’s references quickly and without paperwork, so you can fill roles quickly with the right people. Did you know you can be fined up to £20,000 for each member of staff found to not have the full right to work in the UK?

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Screen candidates quickly and effortlessly

Carry out a full range of background checks. We are a Government-approved Responsible Organisation criminal record check provider.

  • Check references, and employment history
  • Validate a candidate’s right to work
  • Confirm identity and check financial history
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Make sure you comply with the law

Did you know that for every employee found not to have the right to work in the UK, you could be fined £20,000? Our Right to Work Checks app saves you time and money and improves efficiency.

  • Meet Home Office guidelines
  • Reduce paperwork and costs
  • Validate documents
  • Identity check with facial recognition
  • Update software as and when legislation changes

Pay-as-you-go Employee Checks

Hiring new employees can be a daunting prospect when the reputation of your business and your customers are your livelihood. Knowing more about who you hire, such as electronic proof of their identity, criminal record information and adverse financial history, can give you the confidence you need that you are employing the right person.

Why should I background check my candidates?

Confirming the identity of people who you are considering employing, as well as checking their criminal record and credit history, can help you make a more informed hiring decision. A background checking report on your candidates can be important to help you minimise your risk and protect your business.

Need 1-10 background checking reports a year?

If you only need a small number of reports per year (1-10), we have made it simple and hassle free by creating a package of checks that you can buy online.

The service we offer includes:

  • Basic Criminal Record Check (Excludes Standard and Enhanced Checks)
  • Electronic identity check
  • Adverse financial check
  • All cost only £54.99 per candidate (including VAT)
  • The cost is fully inclusive and there are no extra costs to pay (no registration fees)

For certain roles, such as working in a school or in healthcare, you are likely to need to run specific checks on your employees - a ‘Standard’ or ‘Enhanced’ criminal record check. These specific checks are run by the Disclosure and Barring Service and can only be requested for by the employer – an individual cannot do these checks themselves.

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Learn more about our pre-employment reference & right to work checks


Screening for a job involves checking a job applicant’s background to confirm they are who they say they are, that they have the qualifications and experience they claim to have, and that they are legally allowed to work in the UK. Screening can also include credit history checks as well as personal and professional references, so you can better understand their strengths, weaknesses and character.  

The aim of screening for a job is to help you find the perfect employee for a role and so you can hire with confidence. Background checks are also important for re-screening existing employees, so you can be confident they are still suitable their roles as their circumstances and their job changes. Our pre-employment reference and right to work checks help you conduct this crucial vetting much more quickly, simply and cost-effectively than manual processes, which are time consuming.

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