Vacancy increases indicate the benefit of Digital ID Solutions

April 13th, 2022
Candidate using facial recognition technology for a background check

Responding to the latest reports from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which revealed that the number of vacancies in the UK increased 492,400 in Q1 this year when compared to the same period last year, leading background screening and identity services firm, Sterling, has highlighted why this growth has driven greater demand for Digital Identity Solutions.

Steve Smith, Managing Director EMEA, commented:

“Skills demand across the UK has grown exponentially since Covid restrictions began to ease and the latest data from the ONS suggests this uptick is only going to continue. Employers, however, are facing a concerning dearth of talent while also having to scale up recruitment to a level that many haven’t faced before. In this environment, the risk to firms increases, with speed and urgency putting quality and compliance at risk.

“While Sterling would always advise businesses and hiring teams to ensure they do not compromise on quality and compliance when employing new staff, we do also recognise the need to speed up processes to support this demand. That’s why we believe that the announcement from the Home Office earlier in the year of a permanent move to digital identity screening is a positive one for the employment market.

“As we saw during the emergency measures that were put in place during the height of the pandemic, digital identity can work well for employers and applicants alike, especially when it comes to remote hiring and faster onboarding”.

“The need for innovation and technological evolution in the recruitment process has never been more critical. The good news is, the shift to digital identity is a real enabler for businesses looking to compliantly source new resources to meet the current demand.”



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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