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Employee Background Check Services for UK Companies

Conducting an employee background check in the UK, is similar in many ways to the approach in other countries. Although, one of the main differences is that in the UK a DBS certificate (commonly known as a DBS check) is a key element to reduce risk for many companies.  Carrying out a background check can be a complicated and lengthy process, but with Veremark's automated platform this can be achieved quicker, with less risk and is next to no work for your team.

Top 5 Most Commonly Requested Checks and Highest Discrepancy Rates in UK

According to Veremark's Annual Report 2022 (State of Hiring and Background Checks Discrepancies), the top five most commonly requested checks are:

  1. Employment Check - 19.45%
  2. National ID Check - 15.66%
  3. Academic Achievement - 11.75%
  4. Criminal Record Check - 11.75%
  5. Global Sanctions Check - 11.20%

Transform your hiring and screening process with insights from Veremark’s discrepancy report. We’ve revealed what the top 5 checks are, but what are the top 5 discrepancies? Download our report to find out!

Background Checks for Every Single Individual in the UK's Job Market

The UK has one of the most stringent background screening systems in the world. Majority of employers are required to perform a criminal record check on every individual they are considering to hire to make sure that they hire only candidates who are trustworthy, honest and reliable. A criminal record check is just one type of background check, there are many others, including national ID checks, credit checks, employment history checks, and global sanctions checks.

Who can Conduct Background Checks in the United Kingdom?

Background checks can be conducted by the police, government agencies, and private companies. The most common type of background check is the DBS check which is one of the most commonly requested criminal background check in UK. A lot of background checks are conducted by private companies in the United Kingdom for a variety of purposes, including recruitment, vetting and checking for criminal records.

Veremark Insightful Reports Which are Shareable Via Link or Pdf

● Tired of complex and detailed employment check reports? Get our collated and straightforward reports instead.

● Get background screening reports that give you the info you need at a glance - in a shareable link or pdf format.

● Our reports can be used during the recruitment process and revised throughout employment to ensure that checks are always up to date and relevant to an employee’s role.

● Protected by blockchain, Veremark’s Career Passport can also be transferred between employers by candidates throughout their career, offering secure and accurate information for new and existing employers.

Veremark Integrates Directly into Your Hiring Workflow

● Our open API connects with your ATS or CRM  for smooth communication between platforms

● Order low-cost background checks and manage your check requests from within your existing system

● Check results are returned to your existing ATS or CRM and can be compiled with previous candidate history

● Our platform is completely free, there is no cost or set up fee to get connected. Veremark also offer an employment background check free trial.

The benefits of Veremark background checks

Fast turnaround times


A clean and simple digital experience with automated follow-ups provides a straightforward background screening solution to help employers define, understand and manage hiring risks.
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Fully customisable and reliable background screening that can be tailored to any industry and role.  Manage your employment background checks with ease using our configurable platform. 
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No long contracts

Nothing about the Veremark platform is traditional, so why should our pricing be?  Instead, we offer background checks for employment on a pay-as-you-go basis. So you can request one check, or thousands. Either way, you're not locked in.​
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Dedicated Care

It's in how we design our product. And how we deliver our service​... Customer experience sits at the core of everything we do. Our global support team is at your beck and call to keep your company safe using our employee checking service. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.
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Wide variety of checks

Choose from a comprehensive selection of online background checks for employment which can be used by all industries and sectors. This includes automated reference checks, identity checks, bankruptcy checks, civil background checks, credit checks for employment and so many more.
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Automated Platform

Our digital employee screening service provides real-time updates, integrates directly into your ATS or CRM and notifies you on the status of your checks, so you can stay informed and accelerate your time to hire.

Background Check FAQ's

What background check do I need?
This depends on the industry and type of role you are recruiting for. To determine whether you need reference checks, identity checks, bankruptcy checks, civil background checks, credit checks for employment or any of the other background checks we offer, chat to our team of dedicated account managers.
Why should employers check the background of potential employees?
Many industries have compliance-related employment check requirements. And even if your industry doesn’t, remember that your staff have access to assets and data that must be protected. When you employ a new staff member you need to be certain that they have the best interests of your business at heart. Carrying out comprehensive background checking helps mitigate risk and ensures a safer hiring decision.
How long do background checks take?
Again, this depends on the type of checks you need. Simple identity checks can be carried out in as little as a few hours but a worldwide criminal background check for instance might take several weeks. A simple pre-employment check package takes around a week. Our account managers are specialists and can provide detailed information into which checks you need and how long they will take.
Can you do a background check online?
All Veremark checks are carried out online and digitally. This eliminates the need to collect, store and manage paper documents and information making the process faster, more efficient and ensures complete safety of candidate data and documents.
What are the benefits of a background check?
In a competitive marketplace, making the right hiring decisions is key to the success of your company. Employment background checks enables you to understand more about your candidates before making crucial decisions which can have either beneficial or catastrophic effects on your business.
What does a background check show?
Background checks not only provide useful insights into a candidate’s work history, skills and education, but they can also offer richer detail into someone’s personality and character traits. This gives you a huge advantage when considering who to hire. Background checking also ensures that candidates are legally allowed to carry out certain roles, failed criminal and credit checks could prevent them from working with vulnerable people or in a financial function.

Automated Screening. Safer Hiring. Trusted Service.

Veremark's UK Office


85 Great Portland Street London,
England, W1W 7LT
United Kingdom