How identity checks can help your organisation

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Identity theft is a major problem, and not just for consumers. If you run a business, you need to be sure that the person you are employing is the person they say they are. The best way to do this is by using identity checking as part of the recruitment process. Here we look at how conducting identity checks can help your business, why you should do them, and how to go about it.

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According to the BBC, the number of identity fraud cases recorded in the UK was the highest in 2016 since records began in 2003, with those under 30 being amongst the key targets. This might be because this age group is more likely to be on social media and use online retailers; however, it is not just in the world of e-commerce and social media that identity theft can happen – it can also happen in the world of work.

Why do you need to conduct identity checks?

The first pre-employment check you conduct on a prospective employee should be an identity check, as then you can be sure that the results of any other pre-employment checks you are going to carry out will be accurate. In addition to using photographic ID, such as a passport or driving licence, it is also possible to carry out identity checks using databases such as the electoral roll and credit reference agencies to help verify addresses and dates of birth. Another pre-employment check that can help to verify identity is a basic DBS check. It is important to carry out these checks to accurately verify the identity of someone who may end up working for you and gain knowledge of your organisation or business.

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How to get identity checks

To conduct identity checks, you can either request them yourself or use a third party to carry them out for you. It is possible to get a basic DBS check performed at or a similar service provider, which includes seeing photographic ID. It should therefore be clear that the person standing in front of you is the person who is being checked.

Both employers and prospective employees should be engaged with the process of identity checking, as it is there to protect everyone and should be an integral part of the recruitment process.