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Government considering making employee references mandatory

Interesting article by Personnel Today about making employee references a mandatory requirement for employers The government is consulting on the idea that employers should be required to provide, as a minimum, basic employee references – for example, confirming that they worked for that employer and the dates of their employment – for any former employee. […]

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SMCR and Employment Screening

The SMCR (Senior Managers and Certification Regime) applies to all firms who are authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act The SMCR applies to all UK-incorporated banks, building societies, credit unions and Prudential Regulation Authority-regulated investment banks and insurers. As of the 9 December 2019, it has been expanded to cover firms that are […]

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Financial institutions to take greater accountability in new FCA regime

Employees at banking and other financial institutions are now subject to greater levels of personal accountability in a new regime recently rolled out by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Since 7th March (insurers have been subject to the new regime since 1st January) it has become much easier for regulators to hold senior executives accountable […]

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What’s in a name?

Your name – the very root of your identity – is causing problems within job applications. We’ve all become completely accustomed to promoting equality when it comes to race, age, gender and ethnicity during recruitment. But now it seems that even a candidate’s name can potentially lead to discrimination. In October David Cameron quoted research […]

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What is your corporate reputation worth?

“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” Benjamin Franklin Putting a price on your corporate reputation is tricky. After all, reputation isn’t really something tangible. It’s largely formed of a set of beliefs or opinions. Positive, or negative. Some might be based on hard […]

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SPOTLIGHT ON… STEPHEN BARNES

This month, we shine a light on Stephen Barnes, our Operations Manager. We find out how he came into the CV screening industry, what makes him tick, why he loves working in this business and a little bit about a legacy he left behind during his career working for the police… How did you get […]

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Qualifications – to check or not to check? That is the question…

When employers are looking for a new recruit, a qualification is often at the top of the list of requirements. Qualifications can show that a candidate has certain abilities and skillsets to do the job required. Of course, we all know that academic qualifications aren’t everything and for some roles they aren’t necessarily a definite […]

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Should I Google it?

What do most of us do when we want to search for something? We Google it. (Other search engines are of course available!) In today’s internet age, it is so easy to find what we want or need online – and an internet search is often the first port of call when we are looking […]

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Spotlight on…Michelle Gauci

This month, we shine a light on our Managing Director Michelle Gauci to find out how she got into the CV screening industry and understand Michelle’s view on what’s key to a successful screening partnership is. I first saw the value of screening from my years in business. I worked for a number of years […]

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Top of the (screening) pops

Who remembers Top of the Pops? This popular show has been off our screens for ten years next year but that theme tune and music played during the chart rundown each week is the soundtrack of many a childhood. The top ten chart run down was always the most popular part of the show – […]

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