UK Right to Work Check Service - Veremark

UK Right to Work Check: Is your Candidate Eligible to work in the UK?

Veremark’s Right to Work (RTW) Check service offers UK employers confidence when making hiring decisions and recruiting new applicants. Every candidate’s situation is different. That’s why we’ve created a digital journey for UK Right to Work Checks that automatically adapts to each candidate. Our process takes the stress and guesswork out of compliance by providing three options for completing the check (while also providing the basis for a statutory excuse).


A UK Right to Work Check (RTW) verifies that each candidate is legitimately permitted to work in the UK. This check is the employer's obligation, and failure to conduct the process correctly can result in jail time or penalties. Veremark’s UK RTW service guides candidates through the relevant journey, easing the administrative and time-intensive burden for employers. The new digital approach helps streamlines the process by removing the requirement to check documents in-person. 

There are three options for completing the compulsory check:

  • Digital  - candidates will be guided through the steps of identity verification through our partner IDSP Hooyu. This option is available for all candidates who can provide a valid (in-date) passport issued by the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland.
  • Online sharecode - available for candidates who can provide a sharecode during the application process. Veremark uses the sharecode to conduct a Home Office online right to work check via the UK government database. The official report is made available on the Veremark platform for the client to view. 
  • Manual (Document upload) - for candidate’s not able to benefit from the other two journeys, Veremark will prompt the candidate upload relevant identification documents, such as a UK birth certificate or a letter from the Home Office. The Veremark team checks the documents to assess their applicability to establishing the candidate’s right to work status and will note the findings on the results. The client can use the notes, upon seeing the candidate face-to-face, against the relevant documents - helping to establish the right to work.

Veremark’s digital identity verification will provide employers with the basis for obtaining a statutory excuse. However, it is also  important for employers to check the results of the identity verification check against the individual presenting themselves for work to help ensure they are not an imposter. The employer is also expected to retain a clear copy of the check results for the duration of the individual’s employment and for two years after the employment has come to an end - which can be done via the Veremark platform. 

Employers who conduct Right to Work checks correctly can rely on a statutory defense against claims of compliance violations, showing they have taken consistent and compliant steps to guarantee they are only employing individuals with authorization to work in the UK.

UK Right to Work Check Service includes
  • Right to Work Check
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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