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Right to Work Checks

  • Confirm employees can work in the UK 

  • Assess legitimate identity documents 

  • Ensure candidates are who they say they are

  • Digitally verify the identity of applicants speeding up time-to-hire

  • Remain compliant 

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All employers in the UK are required to complete Right to Work Checks, which involves seeing and checking relevant identity documents to validate if your applicant is legally permitted to work in the United Kingdom. On 6th April 2022, the UK Government launched a new Digital Right to Work Scheme, allowing employers to remotely verify the identity of applicants against applicable documents using a registered Digital Identity Service Provider (IDSP). VettingGateway is integrated with this to allow you to manage the entire process digitally, making it quicker and easier for both you and your applicants.  

It is an offence to employ someone who does not have the Right to Work in the UK or those who provide incorrect or fraudulent identity documents. Employers who do not complete the required checks could face a civil penalty and a range of sanctions, including jail! By using VettingGateway you can ensure you are correctly carrying out these checks and that you are meeting your legal obligations. 

What Right to Work Checks does VettingGateway offer? 

VettingGateway supports different types of Right to Work checks in order to validate the identity of your applicants. Your choice of Right to Work check methods: 

1. Digital Right to Work Checks

A digital check allows you to remotely prove an applicant's Right to Work status against applicable documents instead of completing in-person checks. VettingGateway supports the authentication of UK Citizens as well as non-UK Citizens.  

2. In-person Right to Work Checks

VettingGateway supports a face-to-face Right to Work Check, in which applicants upload their identity documents to VettingGateway. You must manually review the document and validate the identity of the individual in-person. 

How do Digital Right to Work Checks work on VettingGateway? 

Applicants are invited to complete their Digital Right to Work Checks with VettingGateway. UK Citizens upload an image of their in-date biometric UK passport along with a selfie for biometric face matching. A report containing the authenticity of their identity document and relevant level of confidence will then be available in VettingGateway.  


Non-UK Citizens must input their UK government issued share code along with a selfie for biometric face matching. Applicants can get their sharecode on the Government website

Why VettingGateway's Digital Right to Work Checks?

VettingGateway consolidates all your applicant’s background checks in one secure and easy to use platform and now you can complete Digital Right to Work checks too. Helping you to... 

  • Onboard your employees faster, as using Digital Identity Verification technology means documents are assessed instantly and results are sent back to VettingGateway within minutes. 

  • Reduce your admin by using technology to digitally verify and store documents. 

  • Remain compliant, Identity Technology verifies the legitimacy of your applicant’s identity documents rather than you having to asses these in person and possibly un identifying any fraudulent document. 

  • Consolidate all your background checks into one platform.

  • Reduce admin time, VettingGateway will automatically chase your applicants to complete their checks.  


Right to Work 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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