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May 17, 2024
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Expanding Our ATS Integration Portfolio!

We’re thrilled to share some exciting updates with you regarding our Applicant Tracking System (ATS) integrations. As part of our commitment to continuously enhance your experience and streamline your recruitment processes, we're proud to introduce our latest integrations with Workable, PageUp and Teamtailor.

Broadening Your Choices
These new additions join our existing suite of ATS integrations, including well-known platforms such as Avature, eArcu, Harbour, Tribepad, and more. This expansion ensures you have a broad spectrum of options to seamlessly connect your preferred ATS with Verifile, optimising your background screening process.
For Our New and Current Integration Users
If you're already benefiting from an integration with another ATS, this might be a great opportunity to explore what these new options can offer. And if you're on the lookout for more choices or improvements, remember - we're constantly working to extend our integration capabilities. Some of your preferred ATS platforms may already be in development, and we're excited about the future possibilities.
Why Integrate?
Here’s a quick reminder of how Verifile’s ATS integration can transform your screening process:

  • 🚀 Effortless Order Placement: Place orders within your ATS in just a few clicks, streamlining your workflow and eliminating redundant tasks.
  • 📈 Streamlined Progress Tracking: Gain real-time insights into each step of the screening process for full transparency and efficiency.
  • 📑 Instant Final Report Retrieval: Access comprehensive reports directly within your ATS, bypassing the need for multiple platforms or email notifications.

And, Not To Forget
Such integrations don’t just save time; they significantly reduce manual efforts, thereby cutting costs and allowing you to concentrate on securing the finest talent for your organisation.
Ready to Enhance Your Recruitment Process?
Curious about these new integrations or interested in a broader discussion about how Verifile can support your recruitment goals? Please reach out to your Verifile Customer Success Manager or our dedicated Customer Service Team. We’re here to help you navigate these new opportunities and ensure you're making the most out of your ATS and Verifile investments.

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May 5, 2024
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Background checks provider wins second King’s Award for Enterprise

Verifile, an HR technology company and leading provider of global employee screening and background checks for HR and talent acquisition, wins the King’s Award for International Trade achieving over 100% total growth in overseas sales across a three year period.

This is Verifile’s second King’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of yet another period of outstanding growth.

Verifile, the HR tech specialist, carries out hundreds of thousands of background checks every year for the UK government as well as top private sector firms worldwide and this latest royal seal of approval follows the company’s first Queen’s Award for Enterprise received in 2019.

Verifile has demonstrated significant growth in exports of its industry leading background checks thanks to its ability to adapt to the ever changing needs of the global employee fraud and security landscape, and it’s this business success that has earned the company the prestigious King’s Award.

Eyal Ben-Cohen, Founder and CEO of Verifile, said: “Winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2019 was a huge honour for everyone at Verifile so to now win a King’s Award for Enterprise five years later and extend our royal seal of approval is testament to our commitment to combatting fraud and improving the safety and security of businesses all over the world.

“Our screening solutions are relied upon by companies to protect their business operations, employees, and potential candidates and this is at the heart of everything we do at Verifile. We have been able to grow the business and deliver sustained eight years of growth in an extremely challenging economic climate, including a global pandemic and Brexit, so to be recognised for this achievement means a great deal to everyone at Verifile.”

Nick Kier is a Deputy Lieutenant and Chair of the panel for The King’s Awards for Enterprise in Bedfordshire. Nick said: “Winning a King’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade for a second time is a considerable achievement and I would like to congratulate everyone at Verifile on yet again winning the highest business award available. In business terms it is the equivalent of winning an MBE.

“In order to even apply, yet alone win, Verifile needed to demonstrate three consecutive years of outstanding growth in international trade, no mean feat with today’s financial uncertainty. Yet, winning the King’s Award shows that Verifile has been able not only to weather the economic storms, but steer the ship across smooth waters to grow its business and achieve a total of eight years of significant growth.”

The King’s Awards for Enterprise, previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, were renamed last year to reflect His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The Award programme, now in its 58th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Award emblem for the next five years.

About Verifile

Verifile is on a mission to make the world a more honest and safer place. The company exists to empower businesses to make fully informed decisions quickly and efficiently by combining accurate

data with a human touch. Verifile believes in a world in which honesty and openness prevail and champions truth and accuracy. This ethos is the driving force behind Verifile.

Powered by Verifile’s own specialist background screening software as a service platform, the company specialises in employee screening and background checks helping businesses all over the world combat fraud and protect their business operations, employees, and customers.

Verifile’s technology delivers highest standard of accuracy with 96% of Verifile’s reference checks are returned with a response from a valid source compared to an industry average of 60-80%.

Headquartered in Bedford, England, Verifile has a team of over 160 highly qualified experts, supporting HR and talent acquisition professionals with the recruitment process and beyond.

Verifile was founded by Cranfield University entrepreneur of the year Eyal Ben Cohen because of two unconnected events that would highlight a problem not currently being solved.

In 2003, a driver working for Brinks Israel, the armed security providers, made off with nearly five million shekels. The driver, Saguy Unger, had used a false identity to get the job at Brinks just two weeks earlier, masking the fact he had a criminal record. Brinks’ alleged sophisticated pre-employment screening techniques had failed because the obvious first step of checking Unger’s identity had been overlooked.

Days later, also in Israel, Eyal Ben Cohen was preparing to move to England to begin studying for an MBA at Cranfield University requiring him to change the address on his identity card. This seemingly simple process saw him standing in line for three hours. The combination of the two events got Eyal thinking; the scrutiny and bureaucracy involved with a simple change of address versus the lack of attention paid to a recruitment process which allowed someone to commit armed robbery.

And so, the idea for Verifile was born, and, while studying for his MBA at Cranfield University, Eyal set about turning theory into reality – in the shape of Verifile.

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February 28, 2024
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Navigating New Waters: The Updated Civil Penalties for Employing Illegal Workers and What It Means for UK Employers

Quick Guide: What You Need to Do

Verify Right to Work: Use Share Codes for checking the current right to work status of potential hires.

Understand Share Codes: Obtain a basic understanding of Share Codes as digital confirmations of an individual's immigration status and work rights in the UK.

Stay Updated: Keep abreast of changes in legislation, particularly concerning civil penalties and employment verification requirements.

Document Verification: Ensure a meticulous approach to retaining copies of all right to work checks, whether through Share Code, manual, or digital routes.

Seek Support: Consider leveraging Verifile’s services to manage Right to Work compliance effectively.


In a move that has rippled across the UK job market, legislation enacted in February 2024 has significantly increased the stakes for employers. The maximum civil penalty for companies found employing illegal workers has surged to a staggering £60,000 per worker. This legislative change underscores the government's firm stance on illegal employment and its commitment to enforcing immigration laws more rigorously.

Understanding the Legislation

This legislative revision is not just a number change; it's a clear signal to employers about the importance of compliance in their hiring practices. With the penalty now doubled, the financial repercussions for non-compliance are more severe than ever. It's a wake-up call for businesses to scrutinize their employment verification processes and ensure they are beyond reproach.

In this context, it's worth noting the broader framework of this legislation, which aligns with the government's intensified efforts to combat illegal migration and employment. The Home Office has been clear about its strategy to deter illegal employment as a critical component of its immigration policy, aiming to create a fairer and more compliant job market.

The Share Code System: A Closer Look

In tandem with this legislative update, we seize the opportunity to delve into the nuances of the Share Code system — a pivotal tool in the employment verification process. 

What is a Share Code? A Share Code is a digital code provided by the UK government that allows employers to check a potential hire's right to work or rent status online.

Share Codes, which are accessible for a mere 90 days from their generation date, are critical for employers to verify the right to work status of their potential hires.

Recent Updates to Share Code Reports

Recent adjustments to how Share Code reports reflect a candidate's right to work, particularly for students, have made these documents even more crucial. Not every student visa holder is granted the same work rights, with some facing stringent restrictions. Employers must now pay closer attention to these reports to understand the specific conditions applied to each candidate, especially those on student visas contemplating a shift to Skilled Work or Graduate routes.

What Employers Need to Know

The recruitment landscape is fraught with pitfalls for the unwary. Employers must not only inquire about a candidate's right to work but also understand the type of visa and any associated restrictions. The Share Code report emerges as the first line of defence in ascertaining these details. However, it's the nuances—like the distinction between full-time permanent and part-time contracts—that demand careful consideration to navigate successfully.

Statutory Excuse: A Safety Net with Conditions

The concept of a "Statutory Excuse" offers employers a degree of protection against penalties, but it comes with its own set of strict requirements. From retaining clear copies of online right to work checks to ensuring all manual and digital checks are meticulously recorded, the pathway to securing a statutory excuse is narrow and winding.

To bolster the statutory excuse process, the recent legislative changes emphasize the importance of adhering to prescribed right to work checks. Employers are encouraged to utilize the digital verification options provided by the government, which offer a more streamlined and secure method of compliance.

The Perils of Non-Compliance

The consequences of failing to adhere to these stringent verification processes are dire. Employers found lacking in their diligence, whether through inadequate checks or employing individuals clearly ineligible to work, will find themselves without a statutory excuse and facing hefty penalties.

It's critical to understand that these enhanced penalties are part of a larger government effort to ensure a compliant and secure employment landscape. By stiffening the penalties, the aim is to deter employers from neglecting their legal responsibilities, thereby reducing the incidence of illegal working in the UK.

Conclusion: The Path Forward

In this ever-evolving legal and regulatory landscape, the importance of staying informed and vigilant cannot be overstated. Navigating these changes requires a keen understanding of the law, a meticulous approach to employment verification, and a commitment to compliance. 

We recognise the immense pressure HR professionals face, balancing the demand for meticulous compliance with the realities of a busy, stressful work environment. The path forward may seem daunting, but you are not alone in navigating these waters. Here’s how to stay afloat:

Utilise ResourcesVerifile’s services are invaluable allies in ensuring compliance. They offer tools, guidance, and expertise to simplify the verification process.

Leverage Technology: Digital verification methods, including the Share Code system, streamline the right to work checks. Embrace these technologies to reduce manual workload and mitigate the risk of errors.

Educate Your Team: Regular training sessions on immigration laws and right to work checks can empower your HR team. Knowledge is a powerful tool in preventing non-compliance.

Prioritise Well-Being: Remember, taking care of your HR team’s well-being is just as important as compliance. Encourage a culture of support, open communication, and reasonable workloads to maintain morale and efficiency.

In closing, while the responsibilities may seem overwhelming, support systems and resources are in place to guide you through. By embracing these tools and fostering a supportive work environment, you can navigate these new legislative waters with confidence and compliance.

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