BPSS checks, or Basic Staff Security Standard checks, are a standard level of control in the communications, energy and finance sectors. They are used to confirm the identity of individuals when working with potentially sensitive information. On average, these checks take between 5 to 10 business days to complete. However, they can be delivered as quickly as 24 hours.
The cost of a BPSS check is 115€ per request. The BPSS application process can be delayed if people enter their information incorrectly. This is why it is essential to double-check all information before submitting the application. Additionally, some checks, such as DBS and employment verification, may take longer than others. Once all the results are received, they will be emailed to you immediately or can be downloaded from a secure portal. Any employer can request BPSS checks, even if their staff doesn't work in government areas.
The government considers BPSS checks to be an important precautionary measure to confirm the identity of a person (employee or contractor) and their rights to work in the UK. Background checks also ensure that candidates are legally authorized to perform certain functions, and if criminal and credit checks are not met, they could prevent them from working with vulnerable people or performing financial functions. Simple identity checks can be carried out in as little as a few hours, but a global criminal background check, for example, can take several weeks. Recently, CBS has seen a huge surge in the number of requests for BPSS verification, and more and more employers are recognizing that pre-employment evaluation only allows a person to be evaluated at any given time. In conclusion, BPSS checks are an important precautionary measure for employers to confirm the identity of their employees or contractors and their rights to work in the UK. However, they can be delivered as quickly as 24 hours.