You cannot use “one-size-fits-all” approach with background checks. The mandatory employment verifications differ with every job role and sector. It is highly advised that some industries conduct specific searches based on the roles they are hiring for.
These specific checks along with the standard entry-level background (i.e., criminal background check) are mandatory to make well-informed hiring decisions.
Here we have covered a few industries specific checks:
Background checks enable education institutions to conduct due diligence while hiring academics, administrators and support staff. The goal being to preserve the safety of the students and the reputation of the organisation. The educational industry has a duty of care towards students, faculty, and staff. This sector is expected to promote a safe working environment which can be ensured with quality hires. The checks mandatory for this sector include educational verification, criminal record checks and previous employment checks (including uncovering any safeguarding issues).
Implementing a thorough screening program is important for a regulated sector like financial services. Employers need to conduct comprehensive background checks due to the sensitivity and responsibilities given to employees in this industry. Whether regulated by the FCA or PRA there are different requirements depending on the role the applicant will be undertaking, this ranges from unregulated roles, to certified roles and roles under the SMCR (Senior Managers and Certification Regime).
Healthcare professionals work directly with some of the most vulnerable people in society. Ensuring a safe environment for patients and staff is paramount for all providers, on top of this meeting the standards required by the likes of CQC or NHS help to achieve compliance and supports outstanding status.
With proper screening, you can help protect yourself against costly problems which could jeopardise or damage your reputation, as well as help ensure the safety of all staff and patients. In this tightly regulated sector, organisations must be confident that they are hiring the right people.
This sector is based on tight deadlines and strict workflow. It is mandatory to have a compliant non-discriminatory background screening process. The background checks for this sector may include the following:
- criminal record checks
- occupational testing
- employment verification
- educational verifications