Skills demand should not be a driver of poor employment screening practices

September 6th, 2021

Rising vacancy numbers will drive an increase in reliance on ‘giggers’ and contingent professionals, bringing vital hiring agility for many businesses and much needed employment for candidates. However, the urgency to fill these positions should not come at the expense of a robust background screening program or employers may expose themselves to considerable risk. That’s according to specialist background screening and identity services firm, Sterling.

In light of on-going reports of significant increases in vacancies across the UK – with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reporting a record number of jobs for July – Sterling has warned employers not to be lax with employment screening. The expert has warned that taking shortcuts to get resources on board quickly as demand spikes will expose brands to significant risks.

Steve Smith, Managing Director, EMEA at Sterling, commented:

“There’s no doubt that the pandemic has driven drastic changes in the make up of the workforce, but with vacancy numbers increasing and UK businesses facing a shortage of crucial skills, we’re expecting to see a rise in those turning to the flexible workforce to fill resourcing demand. This is a strong tactic, but hiring ‘giggers’ and contingent professionals en-masse is no easy task, particularly when it comes to compliance.

“Depending on the role in question, temporary workers could be required to produce several documents that require authentication. Risk assessments and background screening will need to be just as robust for these individuals, regardless of how long they will be with the business. The challenge with increasing the usage of these flexible resources is that often speed is of the essence. However, no matter how urgent the need, there are no short cuts when it comes to employment screening and Right to Work checks, and firms should not be tempted to cut corners with their compliance.”


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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