Various levels of background checks that people in the UK are allowed to conduct.

According to the Bank of England, unemployment in the UK is supposed to spike at 2.5 million by the end of the year. Firms and businesses will still be trying to catch up after the damages of the Coronavirus. Additionally, they predict that the jobless rate will almost double to 7.5%, and only begin falling slowly in 2021. With every passing day companies are letting go of more and more of their workers, increasing the numbers of people claiming benefits, pushing the claimant count up by 94,400 (3.6%) to 2.7 million in July. The ONS said that since March, the claimant count had increased by 1.4 million.

Unemployment is going to climb in the upcoming months as Britain takes on one of the worst recessions that the country has seen. Furthermore, companies and businesses in the UK are currently benefiting from schemes and handouts that the Government is providing. According to predictions, there will be an additional drop in employment once the Government begins slowing down on schemes, which is supposed to begin by the end of August. The plan was that the economy would start picking up, but with the social distancing rules staying unchanged, and remote working still being the norm, it doesn’t seem likely that would happen.

With changes taking place in the job market, most employees are told to remote work.
Additionally, the country has specific restrictions about how many people are allowed in a room or office, so smaller offices had to encourage people to work remotely. There were also changes made when it came to wearing masks, social distancing and other changes for the safety of the people. Many companies were not conducting their job meetings through video call remotely and were also coordinating and working with their teams the same way. With all the changes and the Government providing aide, the unemployment rate in the UK stayed in changed.

Employers have begun conducting background checks on their employees for good measure, but there are three different levels of checks. Employers can handle any one of them depending on the type of job position that they need to fill.

Here are the details of the checks.
A basic disclosure is available to anyone living within the UK. Employers, employees or anyone else conducts these tests whenever needed. The search checks the applicant’s criminal history for any unspent convictions.

The Standard DBS Check can only be passed by the employer, for details on their employees. It goes through the individual’s criminal history for any cautions, warnings, reprimands and convictions (both spent and unspent).

The Enhanced ​DBS Check​ is only available to employers to obtain on behalf of their employees. It searches through the employee’s criminal history for any cautions, warnings, reprimands and convictions (both spent and unspent). Additionally, an enhanced check can also search the barred lists to check whether the individual is barred from working with children or vulnerable adults due to their history and conduct in similar situations.

To avoid having to coordinate these searches in person, employers could now go through the DBS online check​ and get all the information they wanted, without having to leave their office.