Digital Right to Work checks – Why you need them!

Technology has taken a huge precedence in people’s lives over the course of the pandemic. Some people love it, others aren’t so keen, but either way it is here to stay. One positive advance of technology that has arisen over the last couple of years is the need for businesses to be able to verify people’s identity online. 

Pre-pandemic, the digitalisation of ID verification was under discussion; however, the 2020 lockdown bumped the topic up the list of priorities and temporary measures were introduced to allow these checks to be done whilst still complying with lockdown rules. Since then, there have been many Parliamentary discussions on Digital Identity Verification. The result of these discussions? Well, in December last year, the British government announced that as of 6th April 2022, employers can permanently use digital verification services through certified providers! And has integrated with one of the first GPG45 compliant companies to become certified! Hooray! 

Stop right there – I can see you all rolling your eyes and telling me to ‘calm down’, but the truth of the matter is, digitalising these checks saves everyone time and effort. Who’s not excited about that?! 

So, let’s get into the nitty gritty of Digital Right to Work checks and why you need them in your hiring process. 

What are Digital Right to Work checks? 

Digital Identity Verification can replace the old requirements of employers needing to see a candidate’s physical identity documents in the presence of the candidate, in order to prove their Right to Work in the UK. 

With, the process is simple: 

  1. You request the check. 
  1. The candidate creates a account and accesses their dashboard (on any device). 
  1. They upload a copy of their ID document, along with a live photo of themselves. 

The rest is left to Artificial Intelligence, facial biometrics and computer vision technology! The document will be scanned to ensure it is genuine and the identity has existed over time. It is then compared with the live photo of the candidate to make sure it matches. 

What does digital verification do? 
  1. Checks the ID and runs a Liveness Confirmation 
  1. Captures the Proof of Identity Document, verifies and validates it. 
  1. Confirms address with a KYC Bureau Check  
  1. Checks the PEPs/Sanctions Database 
  1. Runs a Fraud Data Asset Check 
What does this mean for my hiring process / business? 

In short, you have one thing to do, instead of two. That may not sound like a big deal, but if your ‘To Do’ list is as long as mine, I’m sure you’d love to take one thing off your hands! Plus, multiply that by the number of candidates you’re screening, and you end up with a much larger number. 

So, by going digital, you halve the number of tasks involved in verifying your candidates’ Right to Work in the UK.  

So instead of asking the candidate for a copy of their ID document and then arranging a day for them to bring you the physical one, or viewing the physical document in front of the candidate and trudging to the photocopier to take your own copy, all you’ll need to do is add the candidate to the platform. This can be done in just six clicks. 

Your candidate will then receive an email and text message from us asking them to create an account. The platform will guide them through the process, step-by-step, ensuring that clear and correct photos are taken. 

Once the candidate submits their information, the results appear on immediately, et viola! You can view the results from there and download the PDF if you wish. No more filing cabinets full of paperwork. 

And the cherry on the top is that the security of your business is enhanced too! 

What ID does it cover? 

Digital Identity Verification can be used for Right to Work checks for candidates who hold a British or Irish passport. However, you can also run the Digital Identity Verification on candidates who don’t have these documents to verify the candidates’ identity and the validity of their ID.   

What now? 

There’s only one thing left really. If you want to save time, improve your security and candidate experience and reduce the risk of fraud, get in touch with us today for a no-obligation demo. 

And keep an eye out for our upcoming blog post on how you can use Digital Identity Verification alongside DBS checks! 

Written by Jade Levison.

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