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January 29 2018

Turnaround Times for UK Criminal Record Checks

We’d like to share some stats on our UK criminal record checks over the last 6 months.

  • You will see that the turnaround times for the new Basic England and Wales check can be extremely fast with an average of just over 1 calendar day and a median of 0.
  • Turnaround times for Enhanced England and Wales checks have reduced significantly with the average for certificates with convictions being half what it was for the first 6 months of last year.

As we are now past the DBS transition date, criminal checks for England and Wales based candidates should now use the new Basic England and Wales check. Rehabilitation periods are applied per region and the rehabilitation periods can differ significantly between regions.

Plus, the turnaround times for England and Wales Checks are so much faster!

For guidance on which check to use for who, please refer to the ‘Help Guides’ section after Verifile log in, or contact our Client Service Team on +44 (0)1234 339 350, or your Account Manager.

England and Wales Checks


UK
Criminal Record Check types (England & Wales)


Candidates with Convictions (%)



Without convictions (calendar days)


With convictions (Calendar days)
Average Median Average Median
Basic 2.44 1.24 1* 9 8
Standard 10.1 4.55 4 30.1 27
Enhanced 10.29 8.27 5 30.58 28

Scotland Checks


UK
Criminal Record Check types (Scotland)


Candidates with Convictions (%)



Without convictions (calendar days)


With convictions (Calendar days)
Average Median Average Median
Basic - indicative 1.3 4.51 4 6.23 5
Basic 7.87 7.55 7 9.34 8

* Median data is displayed in whole days. Many checks are being completed in as little as half an hour.

Turnaround times were calculated from the moment the relevant government agency accepted the order. We have eliminated the time it takes to collect the required information from candidates due to the high variance between clients on the time taken and the quality of information submitted to us at the start of the process.