Following our mid-June service update, explaining the unprecedented demand for recruitment and screening services, I write with an update.
With Ernst & Young predicting the fastest GDP growth in 80 years, we continue to experience unparalleled demand for our services. Speaking with so many of our clients and partners, we see this pattern echoed across the board. In mid-June, there were over 1.5 million active job postings in the UK. This figure now stands at 1.65 million. The Office of National Statistics have also reported the highest level of vacancies since their records began in 2001.
Since my last update, at Verifile, we have continued to focus on three areas:
Recruitment – Our headcount is now up 51% since the start of the recovery. We continue to actively recruit and select more experienced talent to join our Operations Team. New joiners are being onboarded weekly.
Flexibility and responsiveness – We continue to utilise our flexible and cross trained staff, moving them between teams as needs require.
Going the extra mile – Our hardworking staff are continuing to put in the extra hours needed to meet the unprecedented demand. I am incredibly grateful for their efforts to support you and your candidates.
Our advanced technology means that the processing of many checks is fully automated, so they are being processed without delay – the increase in volume does not affect these checks.
Despite the significant uplift in our headcount, we are regrettably still experiencing delays collecting references. This is partly due to the incredibly high volume of orders that we continue to receive. In addition, the task of providing references for former employees has not been top of the list for many organisations. The focus has, understandably, been on recruitment, retention and bringing staff back from furlough. Many schools, colleges, and universities were closed for the summer holidays, bringing a delay to some academic checks too. However, we are starting to see some encouraging signs that turnaround times will begin to reduce in the coming weeks.
Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to manage and adjust to meet the unprecedent demand.
Eyal Ben Cohen
Founder and CEO
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We’re launching another upgrade to our system. Read on to see what's included.
• Unpublish possible matches from the Verifile report
• Non-accessible weblinks no longer published
• Optional secondary processing rules
Manage the full end-to-end DBS process via API
• Confirm DBS ID checks via our API
• Change document types
• Provide new document details
• DBS document helper specifies fields needed per document
• Order international checks via the portal
• Show checks by country
• Set a default country to always show checks for that country
• Search by check name
• Show check by category, e.g. Reference and Verification Services
• One-click to access background info on many of our products
• Introduction of reCaptcha at log in
For more detailed information on these enhancements, please read on below to find out more.
If you have ruled out possible matches from being your candidate, or have concluded that the possible matches aren’t relevant, then you will be able to unpublish those matches from the Verifile report via the client portal.
Many of the data sources used in this search are internet based, such as news articles. Over time, weblinks can expire and are therefore no longer accessible. The original data that was available from the source is always retained when profiles are created in the product, and these are shared with you. However, going forward, we will check these weblinks, and only share those that can be accessed at the point that the check is run.
We have also introduced additional secondary processing options to refine the possible matches even further. For example, adding an ‘exact last name filter’ means that possible matches would only be shown when the last name on the profile matches exactly the individual’s last name as we have it. For more information on the secondary processing options available, please see section 7 of this guide
Manage the full end-to-end DBS process via API
Whilst it has long been possible to order all levels of DBS England and Wales criminal record checks via our API, it will now be possible to confirm that the individual’s ID has been checked via our API too. Clients that have integrated our API with their Applicant Tracking System no longer need to log into our client portal as the full end-to-end process can now be run purely via API.
In conjunction with the above, we have added functionality to change ID documents for candidate entry orders. This is helpful if a candidate says they will present certain documents for the ID check, but actually present different documents. It is possible to provide details for those new documents, e.g. passport number, via the API too.
You’ll now be able to order our 3,500+ international checks via the client portal. We have enhanced the ordering page to make it simple to find and order the correct checks worldwide. You’ll be able to show (filter) checks by country and category, plus search by check name.
In addition, if you mainly order checks in one country, we can set up that country as your default. This enhancement will benefit clients that have branches worldwide and consequently have different default checks for each. Please contact our Client Services Team to set this up.
You’ll also see that we’ve added information links to many of our checks. One-click on the (i) icon will open that check’s description page in a new tab, meaning that you can easily look up background information on the check before you place your order. We’ll continue to add links for the rest of our checks.
To improve the security of our system we have added reCAPTCHA to our login page used by candidates and clients. It will usually only require one click of a button to get through and will provide significant security benefits in return.