Does more temporary staff mean less pre-employment checks?

Does more temporary staff mean less pre-employment checks?

An American Bureau of Labour and Statistics has reported a rise in contingent labour comparing 2011 with 2010 statistics. Perhaps more worryingly, their report also observes that checks on contingent workers are generally not as thorough as those on permanent members of the team.

Perhaps this could be explained by the frequency in which temporary workers come and go from an organisation. That perhaps their temporary nature seems to indicate to those who employ them, that they don’t need to know as much about them. However that said, if the temporary worker is filling a role that allows them to handle personal information, the damage they could do in that role if not properly checked to the organisation could have large impact repercussions.

In addition to these American based findings, rules surrounding AWR for recruiters operating in the UK now need to be adhered to. Those agencies who do not comply can face heavy fines from the UK government.

As well as falling foul of these laws, any who hire in the UK, via an agency or directly, temporary or permanent, need to prove they’ve checked the right of the individual to work within the UK by law. Failing to do so can mean £10,000 fine per bad hire to any organisation.

So whilst not conducting as many pre-employment background checks on temporary workers as you might on permanent may seem on trend, the smart thing to do is to check all who are employed and fully. To find an easy way to do so, visit

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