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Lengthy Right to Work Checks Cost Recruiters 31 Man Hours a Month


Recruitment professionals spend on average 31 hours – almost one week per month – carrying out identity checks on job candidates in order to comply with UK Right to Work law, according to new research* from Credas.

The identity verification provider also found that 82% of recruiters are manually verifying each candidate’s identity, despite the fact more than half (51%) agree automating their checks would help in saving valuable business time.

Rhys David, CEO of Credas said:

“Manually checking identity, by looking over photocopied documents, can be an extremely time-consuming process and it’s really a shame to see that recruitment firms and HR departments are losing almost a week’s worth of labour time each month as a result. Time that individuals could be spending on other commercially beneficial tasks.

“The average weekly salary for recruiters in the UK is £525** and so taking that into account, businesses could be spending approximately £6,300 per year – per employee – on their Right to Work checks.”

Right to Work legislation dictates that any new employee is required by law to prove that they are eligible to work in the UK, by providing valid identity documents such as a passport or biometric residence permit.***

Rhys continued:

“Although businesses are required to see a candidate in person before confirming that they have the right to work in the UK, this can be a much quicker and smoother process if the identity verification itself has already been taken care of electronically.

“Right to Work law now acknowledges that technology solutions can be used to verify candidates, and so recruiters could save a great deal of valuable time if the ‘in person’ check became a box-tick exercise, rather than a lengthy meeting.”

Credas’ research also revealed that 41% of recruiters still use a paper filing system to store sensitive candidate data, with a further 20% using spreadsheets – risking GDPR non-compliance.

Rhys added:

“It’s concerning to see that so many recruitment firms and hiring decision makers are relying on outdated, manual processes when there are solutions available to make life that much easier when it comes to compliance. That’s one of the main reasons that we developed Credas, to take away the admin-heavy jobs and let businesses get back to what they do best.”

Credas provides a solution for recruitment businesses who want to carry out quick and easy identity checks. The platform can integrate with existing HR management systems – saving time on making the switch to a digital, more compliant approach to candidate onboarding.

Credas launched in May 2017 and provides a simple, smart and secure way of verifying someone’s identity using real-time facial recognition technology.

Its innovative facial recognition technology allows companies to carry out simple, slick and, most of all, compliant Right to Work and Know Your Customer (KYC) verification checks – both face to face and remotely.

The Credas app is compatible with all mobile devices (iOS and Android), ensuring that the verification process can happen swiftly, safely and at any time that’s convenient.

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