In-person RTW delay welcome, but permanent change needed

June 21st, 2021

The further delay to in-person Right to Work (RTW) checks is a welcome move following the extension of Covid restrictions in the UK, but a permanent switch to digital processes should be seriously considered. That’s according to specialist background screening and identity services firm, Sterling.

Steve Smith, Managing Director EMEA, Sterling, commented:

“With Covid restrictions in the UK remaining in place past the original cut off date of 21st June, this extension of digital RTW checks is a necessity in our view. However, while the Home Office has stated that in-person checks will resume in September, Sterling is keen to see a more permanent review of the existing process.

“Getting the Right to Work share code process in place over the course of the pandemic has been incredibly valuable for employers. In some instances it has streamlined RTW checks and has the potential to make some procedures more robust. In fact, we’ve witnessed organisations build digital and biometric identity checks into their screening programmes which decreased the potential for identity fraud, and any steps to drive compliance should certainly be welcomed and embraced more broadly. While there are circumstances that will necessitate in-person verification in the future, we would be disappointed to see the hard work that has gone into the digital solution over the last 18 months go to waste. It is our hope that the Government and the Home Office use this extension period to consider how a hybrid approach to in-person and digital checks could work.”


About Sterling
Sterling—a leading provider of background and identity services—offers a foundation of trust and safety that spans across industries, professions, and borders. Our technology-powered services help organisations create great environments for their workers, partners, and customers. With office locations around the world, Sterling conducts more than 75 million searches annually. Visit Sterling online at

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