Updated Rules: Right to Work ID Checks
As of the 1st of October 2022, updated rules say that candidate ID documents supplied by email or shown during a video call can no longer be accepted as proof of Right to Work (RTW) in the UK.
All UK businesses are required to check that a new employee is legally allowed to work in this country. This also extends to temporary candidates such as the trades and labour contractors supplied to clients by Optima who are not our own employees.
What does this mean for Optima's clients?
The good news for Optima, our candidates and of course our clients is that we are still able to verify ID documents as genuine indication if a contractor’s RTW remotely using technology. This is an important part of Optima's thorough processes and our policy and checks for making sure that every contractor is fully compliant when arriving on site.
This is because our IDSP (for IDVT), Credas, is one of the few companies in the UK with software which is still certified by the Home Office as per the UK DIATF.
What does this mean for candidates in the construction industry?
When candidates, new or existing, come to Optima for a contract they want ease-of-access. We work hard to make the whole process painless and quick for each candidate. This benefits the candidate by getting them into work fast.
For candidates new to Optima or returning after 6 month, verifying RTW through IDVT takes less than three minutes which enables us to place them in work and get them paid on time, every time.