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Why do I need pre-employment screening within the public sector?


Background checks are required to be carried out on anyone whose work brings them into contact with the UK government’s infrastructure, assets, data, or information systems. This includes all government employees or those working on behalf of the government.

Vetting required is in line with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS), confirming an individual’s identity and right to work in the UK, and providing assurance as to their trustworthiness, integrity, and reliability.

Failing to screen employees to this standard may preclude an organisation from working on a government contract.

Local authorities

Local authorities are responsible for the provision of an extensive range of public services and to promote the interests of local community including the social, economic, environmental, recreational, cultural, community or general development of an area.

People working in local authority services may need to work with vulnerable adults or children in care settings, sport or leisure activities or drive council vehicles for housing repairs or parks and gardens maintenance.

Taxi & private hire

Local authorities also provide taxi and private hire licences to operators and individuals providing services to the community. Licence criteria includes assurance of an individual’s ability to drive and any criminal convictions.

Why choose First Advantage for your pre-employment verification?


Neglecting to conduct pre-employment screening could leave your organisation vulnerable to recriminations, possible fines, and reputational risk.


Our expert team of onboarding executives will help ensure your organisation is set up to meet your exact processing requirements. Our dedicated, Nottingham-based client care team will keep track of your applications and are always on hand to help with any questions.


Run checks on your staff regularly to help combat financial crime and terrorism, people trafficking and illegal immigration. Be absolutely confident people are who they say they are and be able to prove it. Our eligibility experts will ensure your online system processes checks at the right level for your organisation.


We are the largest criminal record check provider in the UK. We're experts in identity and use cutting-edge technologies to enable right to work checks and identity checking.

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