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What Type of Additonal Checks Do you Require?

Identity Check

  • Have confidence in who you are hiring

  • Best practice across all industries

  • Have confidence in who you are hiring

  • Best practice across all industries

Identity check verification gives you the confidence that the individual you conduct the check on, is who say they are. 

An identity check on your applicant will provide a score to indicate the degree of confidence in an individual’s identity. It will often review the individuals name, date of birth and address from multiple sources to help confirm the person is whoever they are claiming to be. It will compare your applicants details against records held in both public and private databases including the electoral register.  

Checking someone’s identity is best practice across all industries however there may be particular roles that require this potentially in security or aviation or anyone who has access to sensitive data. This will then help reduce the risk of your company being subjected to identity fraud or information being exploited.  

This identity check may only be used in relation to an applicant who lives (or who has previously lived) in the UK. 

Identity Check

Adverse Financial (Credit Check)

  • Identifies financial mismanagement 

  • Identifies adverse credit

  • Suitable for all financial roles

  • For applicants who live or have lived in the UK

A credit check will help you understand if your employee has a history of financial mismanagement. In some roles this check will be essential to know if the individual you’re about to hire has a history of adverse credit such as bankruptcies and past due payments. Especially if they could be handling the financials within your own business or you may want to know if they have severe debt problems and if this could impact the new role. 

Conducting an Adverse Financial Check gives you the peace of mind when hiring someone into a new role. It will check publicly available data to reveal any adverse information, including: 6 million County Court Judgments (CCJs), bankruptcies, Voluntary Arrangements, decrees in Scotland and administration orders (this search will be at current and previous addresses)  It will look for detrimental data at addresses that are linked to the current address provided by the applicant and addresses that may not have been disclosed by the applicant.  

All that’s required from the applicant to start this check is their personal details including their current and previous address history. All of which will be captured within VettingGateways online application form.  

This check may only be used in relation to an applicant who lives (or who has previously lived) in the UK. 

Adverse Financial (Credit Check)
General Security Awareness Test

General Security Awareness Test (GSAT)

  • Suitable for an airside pass

  • Required for most aviation related roles

  • Ensure your employees are aware of potential security risks

A GSAT is a General Security Awareness Test which takes the individual around 1 hour to complete and is required as part of applying for an airside ID card (airside pass). As per the EU regulation 2015/1998 you must demonstrate that all staff permanent and temporary have undergone the appropriate security awareness training. Use our integration to Redline’s online test which will provide interactive learning, self-assessment questions and ends with a final exam to meet this regulation and provide a certification from the Department for Transport.

It helps the person taking the test to be aware of what security risks there are within the airport environment and what preventative measures can be put in place to ensure the safety of staff and passengers.

The link to the online test is sent directly from our platform and the certificate appears within minutes of the person completing the test so you have instant access rather than waiting for the new employee to send this certificate to you.

Please note:

In accordance with EU regulation 2015/1998, the Department for Transport (DfT) requires that no one may provide access to security training content unless there is written evidence that the background/pre-employment check required have been successfully completed.

As such VettingGateway will only allow you to send this link to your new employee for the GSAT, once it is satisfied that the employment checks have been completed.

Sanctions Check

  • Does your applicant appear on the UK government sanctions list?

  • Any affiliation with money laundering, terrorism, war crimes, PEP's will be listed

This check looks for sanctions, enforcements and warnings in the UK and worldwide. The search includes individuals known or suspected to be affiliated with terrorism, money laundering, fraudsters, drug trafficking, arms dealing, war crimes, white collar fraud or other illegal activities, as well as Politically Exposed Persons (PEP's).  

The UK government publishes the UK sanctions list, which provides details of people (including countries, groups or companies), the sanction measures which apply to them and also a statement of reason. This list can therefore be accessed to understand, within this check, if your new hire might appear on this list.  

If your new employee is being hired to work in a high risk environment where you feel knowledge of this list would provide confidence in hiring them, then this check could be suitable for you. Let VettingGateway capture their personal information and conduct this check quickly so you can make an informed decision.  

This check may only be used in relation to an applicant who lives (or who has previously lived) in the UK. 



  • Can the new hire legally drive the type of vehicle you want them to 

  • Be aware of points on their licence 

  • Find out if the driving licence is valid 

If a role requires an employee/ member of staff to drive a vehicle, you will want to check if they are legally entitled to drive the type of vehicle allocated to them. You will want to be aware of any points on their licence and be kept up to date on any changes. Therefore we always recommend that an initial check is conducted but that you also have a process in place to conduct the check throughout the lifetime of their employment.  

You can easily conduct this check in VettingGateway and get a response directly into the platform. Our automation will ensure the check is conducted quickly and the check code obtained with minimal interaction from you. The check secures confirmation from the DVLA of the person’s licence validity and details of any endorsements, so that you have the peace of mind that they can deliver their role successfully.  

DVLA Check
Directoship Check

Directorship Check

  • Find out if a new hire has been a Director of a company  

  • Understand if they have ever been disqualified  

If you wish to verify that an applicant has indeed been a director of a company you can conduct a Directorship check with VettingGateway. The check will indicate if an applicant holds any current or previous directorships, or is currently disqualified. 

When recruiting for a position at a higher level within your company, its important you conduct a check such as this to understand the applicants background with current and previous companies. Directors can be barred for wrongful activities such as fraudulent trading, or unfit conduct, so it’s an important check to process for senior positions.

Other Checks FAQs

  • Why can’t I just conduct social media checks manually?
    As Social Media Checks rise in popularity, employers are advised to avoid the temptation to manually check the social media accounts of their candidates. The risks of compliance breaches and human bias are, quite simply, too great. Here are just some of the problems associated with manual Social Media Checks: Breaches in data and privacy laws Inaccurate information – it’s easier than you might think to check the wrong person Human bias and error Cumbersome and time-consuming – it is virtually impossible to scan and collect social media data as comprehensively as a purpose-built algorithm Candidate Experience – a candidate is likely to have a much more favourable view of an employer if they trust that their social media will not be accessed by a human. The impartial nature of using software to conduct a Social Media Check means that employers won’t lose the trust of their new hires during the background checking process.
  • What platforms are checked?
    The individual(s) you invite for Social Media Checks will be given the option to select from a range of commonly used platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Medium, Tumblr
  • What is included in the Social Media Check Report?
    At the end of each Social Media Check, you will be provided with a comprehensive but easy-to-read report highlighting any issues uncovered within the 7 key index measures. These include: Extremist groups Swearing & profanity Negative sentiment Hate speech Violent images Potential nudity Toxic language
  • How long does a Social Media Check take?
    The time to conduct a social media check depends on the number of accounts being scanned. A typical Social Media Check takes around 15 – 20 minutes from the point of consent being given to a report being generated.
  • Are Social Media Checks legal?
    With VettingGateway, you can be sure that your checks are compliant and legal. The platform ensures consent is obtained and that all scans are conducted consistently, eliminating any chance of human bias or error, that come from manual checks, which could later lead to disputes.
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