Business Development Manager, Nancy White of Digidentity answers some pressing questions around Right to Work checks and how to make the change smoothly.
Do you think the new Right to Work legislation is a good move forwards digitalisation?
This legislation is a step in the right direction. As the UK has returned to a new normal, many companies have adopted an altered way of working, with people continuing to work remotely. Digital checks allow employers to complete right to work checks regardless of where the employee, or employer, are located. This saves costs and travel time for employees and makes the hiring process speedier.
How does Digidentity step in to help industry with this law? Why is the service provided a valuable one and how does it work?
Digidentity is a certified identity service provider (IDSP) under the UK Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework. We offer digital checks for British and Irish citizens. Digidentity uses the best in-class technology to ensure the employee’s right to work checks are being completed to the highest standards.
This process is quick and simple – The employee uses the Digidentity app to read the NFC chip in their passport. They then need to take a selfie, and the app will perform a liveness check to complete biometric identification to confirm their identity. No physical appointment is necessary. And once complete, the employer receives confirmation of the person’s verified details of the digital check, including a copy of the verified passport for their records.
Is the market happy with this process or do they like the old way of doing things? What are their concerns or hopes around this new law?
Companies are happy and hopeful that these digital checks will provide ease and confidence in continuing to hire remotely. Recruitment agencies and HR personnel responsible for new hires are faced with limitations. They are now working at lower capacity, continue to work remotely, and are responsible for hiring employees in multiple locations across the UK. They do not have the staffing, resources, or time to complete in-person manual checks for all UK employees. Digidentity’s digital Right to Work checks will help ensure hiring can continue efficiently, without the need for employees to leave their own home or office.
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