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Advanced Screening Solutions for Financial and Professional Services

Protect your clients, capital, and reputation while managing complex regulatory compliance requirements.
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Create a Great Work Environment

The public relies on your business and it is an integral part of the economy. As representatives of your company, your employees may engage regularly with your customers, partners, and communities, and many have access to sensitive information and critical technology. Creating a people-first culture built upon a foundation of trust and safety is key to preserving your corporate culture and protecting your employees, as well as all those with whom they interact.

Keep Business Moving Forward

Across financial and professional services, your employees should embody those core values most important to your business and culture. This means demonstrating expertise and encompassing your company values on day one and throughout the length of their employment.
Our deep proficiency in your industry allows us to make best practice recommendations about pre- and post-hire employment screening and identity services that can be customised to match the unique needs of your firm.
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We knew that we needed an expert partner that not only had the knowledge to help guide our screening process, but also a supplier that is as committed as we are to delivering the best possible candidate experience…
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Andrew Bardsely

Learning, Engagement & Inclusion Partner, Modulr Finance

Financial Services

As the regulatory landscape continues to quickly change for the global financial services industry, so has the need for a streamlined onboarding process to attract and keep top talent. Sterling is leading the way in leveraging proprietary technology and partnerships to meet this need through a streamlined candidate experience, industry leading turnaround times, and innovative solutions to global regulatory requirements. Our global Financial Services team is uniquely positioned to provide best practice recommendations to ensure your firm is retaining top talent, from onboarding to post-hire monitoring, as well as through specialized services such as social media searches and fingerprinting.

As the regulatory landscape continues to quickly change for the global financial services industry, so has the need for a streamlined onboarding process to attract and keep top talent. Sterling is leading the way in leveraging proprietary technology and partnerships to meet this need through a streamlined candidate experience, industry leading turnaround times, and innovative solutions to global regulatory requirements. Our global Financial Services team is uniquely positioned to provide best practice recommendations to ensure your firm is retaining top talent, from onboarding to post-hire monitoring, as well as through specialized services such as social media searches and fingerprinting.

We Support Financial and Business Services Clients and Candidates Around the Globe

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Source: Sterling 2021

Professional Services

The professional services industry accounts for nearly 15% of GDP in the UK. It encompasses a range of occupations which provide support to businesses in the form of advice or tertiary functions such as tax, accountancy, actuarial, risk, and auditing. Therefore, screening for professional services is highly dependent upon individual client needs relating to the specific role and/or business within which they operate.
Many professional services roles operate within financial services firms — in these cases Sterling offers screening services directly related to this industry.

Enabling Compliance with FCA Requirements

Financial services is one of the largest, most highly-regulated industries within the United Kingdom. Sterling understands the importance of implementing a thorough screening program when recruiting for banking and finance roles.
We provide tailored packages to enable organisations operating within the financial services industry to be compliant with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) by determining whether a candidate is fit and properly qualified for a particular role.

Services Tailored for Your Industry

We also offer screening packages for both controlled and non-controlled positions to meet the level of detail and information our clients require to make informed and compliant hiring decisions. Services that are tailored to financial and professional services can include:
Directorship Search

In the UK, Sterling can check whether there are any current or previously-held directorships, declared or undeclared, by the candidate which may constitute a conflict of interest for the employer. This search also checks against the Disqualified Directors list held by Companies House. In addition, based on the candidate’s address history in the last three years or more, Sterling can launch a Directorships search, or a best-practice equivalent, in almost any country in the world.

FCA Register

In the UK, nearly all financial service activities must be authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA lists all the firms and individuals involved with regulated activities, and a search of the FCA register will confirm what these firms and individuals are regulated to do. It will also confirm the candidate’s status with the FCA (e.g. whether they are registered and whether they are active or inactive). This search will also confirm the controlled functions currently performed, the candidate’s current employer’s name, the date they were registered with the FCA and previous companies, and the ‘controlled functions’ performed with FCA-registered employers.

Credit Enquiry (or Bankruptcy or Civil Litigation)

Certain roles require a more holistic view of a candidate or company. Credit checks can be an invaluable way to validate a person’s suitability for a role. Often mandated within regulated sectors (such as financial services), our reports reveal unbiased insights into a candidate’s financial integrity.

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