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Pre-Employment Checks

Pre-Employment checks, sometimes referred to as “vetting”, refers to a variety of ways in which employers check up on the background of applicants to minimise risks. The types of checking will depend on the role being applied for but might include identity checks, criminal records checks or even social media checks.
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Myths about DBS

Although 4 million applications for DBS checks are processed every year, there’s still a lot of misinformation and poor understanding about how the system works. This leads to people getting the wrong end of the stick about how DBS works, and gives rise to myths which we’ve probably all heard about the system.
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Is My DBS Transferrable?

The details of how the DBS system works, the different levels of checking and the fact that Scotland and Northern Ireland have different systems are a mystery to many. One of the main areas of confusion is about using the same DBS check form across a number of settings.
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How Long Does A DBS Check Take?

Every few months the DBS system hits the headlines due to some huge delay over processing applications which means someone doesn’t get a job they’ve been promised. The government sets national targets for processing DBS forms, but as it’s the job of the 43 separate police forces across England and Wales to process the checks, it’s perhaps not a surprise that performance varies hugely depending on where you live.
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Getting Licensed as a Taxi Driver

One of the best-known gig economy companies is Uber, the private hire taxi company. But it’s not as simple as signing up on a company website, picking up the car keys and heading off for your first pick-up.
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Employing Ex-Offenders

As an employer are you being too picky about the people you’re employing? According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), over half of employers in the UK are struggling to fill vacancies due to shortages in skilled applicants.
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Working At An Airport – What You Need To Know

The UK aviation sector is booming as more of us than ever take budget flights overseas or fly for business. Increased passenger numbers mean more opportunities for work in airports up and down the country, whether that be in retail or food outlets, as a customs officer, security worker or on the check-in desk. So what types of jobs and salaries are on offer?
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International Child Protection Certificate

There’s been a gradual shift in the way we’re all thinking about taking a gap year or a sabbatical from work. Gone are the days of spending the year backpacking around South East Asia, taking jobs in bars or shops to fund the next leg of the trip. Young people – and older people on a career break – are nowadays more interested in doing something worthwhile with their time away from the UK.
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Seeing What Information The Police Have About You

Gone are the days where it was almost impossible to find out what sort of information official bodies held about us. Data Protection legislation, which has recently been superseded by the GDPR, allows us to request that companies send us the information which is held about us in paper records or on computer, and also gives us the right to have any mistakes on that information corrected.
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