Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) - Veremark

The UK Government security standard for screening of people who may have access to government assets

Our platform allows you to order a package of checks to screen towards the BPSS standard. This can be ordered, as and when needed, without opening an account, paying a joining fee or committing to a lengthy contract.


Baseline Personnel Security Standard and supporting guidance describe the mandatory pre-employment vetting controls required for screening of civil servants, members of the armed forces, temporary staff, and government contractors.

BPSS - Now widely adopted by private sector

Today this ‘baseline’ standard is the most often used background screening standard not only for the public sector organisations, but also in the private sector companies, especially for roles where people have access to sensitive information, or access to other important company assets. Screening results will enable organisations to make an informed decision on employing an individual meeting BPSS Standard. The standard is set to help organisations address and prevent the problems of identity fraud, illegal working and malicious criminal activity. BPSS is also a requirement before companies can apply for any National Security Vetting (NSV) levels.

What happens after you place an order?

Once you have provided the contact details for your staff, we will email them and ask them to visit our secure portal to complete a quick form providing the necessary information to start the checks. The following details are required:
• Name and surname
• Date of birth
• Addresses for the last 5 years and the dates lived there
• National Insurance number
• Two ID documents (usually Passport and Driving licence)
• 3years of employment references

Once we receive all the results these will be emailed to you immediately, unless during the ordering process you specify that you prefer to download the results from our platform.

In that case we will send you the details on how to access our portal.

Baseline Package includes
  • UK DBS Check (Basic level)
  • UK Online Identity Check
  • Right To Work in the UK
  • 3 years of Employment History
excl. VAT


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.

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