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What are the legal requirements for Right To Work in the UK?

08.07.2022 | Dan | Right to work Back To Blog Posts

In the UK you automatically have the ‘Right to Work’ if you are a British or Irish citizen, if you have pre-settled or settled status as per the EU Settlement Scheme or if you have a family permit from the EU Settlement Scheme.

These checks need to be completed by all employers to ensure that all candidates and employees are legally permitted to work in the UK. All employers will need to complete Right to Work checks before employing someone. It ensures the individual is not disqualified from carrying out the work in question by reason of their immigration status.

In this article, we explain a little more about Right to Work checks and why they are important.

Why do we need to prevent illegal working?

Illegal working is the main driver of illegal migration and can result in the exploitation of already vulnerable people. Employers have a duty of care to their employees and this should be at the forefront of any business.

Employers who are not compliant with legal working requirements may side-step employment rules such as tax evasion, breach of the national minimum wage and exploitative working conditions, including modern slavery in the most serious cases. In addition to this, illegal employers may then go on to undercut competing businesses that are compliant, creating further problems.

What is the process of completing Right to Work checks?

Previously, Right to Work checks needed to be completed face-to-face, with original documentation such as a passport. This is then verified by the employer and screening supplier. This process can be time and resource-heavy. An appointment will need to be set up and the employee/candidate will need to have brought all the right documentation. The process takes around two days to complete on average.

However, at Secure Screening Services we have now made this process automated! We are one of the leading companies to have implemented this automated check, saving you time and hassle. Our automated system uses biometric verification technology. This means that not only is the system accurate and reliable but we can process these checks instantly.

Easy steps for completing automated Right to Work Checks

We can complete automated Right to Work checks for British citizens and non-UK workers, in a few easy steps at Secure Screening Services.

  • Upload ID such as a British passport (passport of country origin). Your ID will need to be up to date to upload.
  • Upload a selfie to confirm that the two validate each other through digital/trust ID technology.
  • Once verified and approved a report will be produced.
  • Checks are quick, safe, accurate and are completed instantly.

Don’t worry if you do not have an up-to-date passport or if you would like to use another form of ID, such as a birth certificate. We still offer the traditional way of completing checks, which can be completed manually with the support of our experts.

Does my company need to complete Right to Work checks?


All companies need to be compliant and complete Right to Work checks. In completing your Right to Work checks you will have statutory excuse as an employer’s defence against a civil penalty. This can be up to £20,000!

Statutory Excuse can now be obtained through an automated Right to Work verification service. This allows a business to upload images of the candidate’s ID to a secure portal for the identity checks to be automated. Removing the need for manual intervention and providing quick, secure, compliant and fully auditable Statutory Excuses.

Have peace of mind and know that you are fully covered with Secure Screening Services.

How much does it cost to complete a Right To Work check?

All the reassurance of ensuring your company is compliant comes at just £7.00 per Right to Work check. Right to Work checks usually come as part of a package, such as the pre-employment screening or the BPSS Screening package to get you fully compliant in all areas.

If you are unsure about what packages your company would need or if you just want to purchase Right to Work checks we can tailor our packages.

Why choose Secure Screening Services to complete your Right To Work Checks?

We have experience working for companies of all shapes and sizes!

There is no need for manual checks as we now have a fully automated process! This means that there is less work and hassle for candidates and clients. This automated process fully meets government statutory excuse requirements and the results are returned within minutes!

We know that all this jargon can seem daunting at first. We don’t expect you to know what all of this means! If you need any help or guidance on Right to Work checks we have the expertise to communicate complex things in a clear way. Our customers come first and we will provide you with the correct package with the right information for your needs.


We want to take the hassle out of screening, reduce your admin time and to make the screening process easy for the employer and candidate.

To register your company for Right to Work checks with Secure Screening Services or to find out more information.

Call us on: 01243767868
Or email: hello@securescreeningservices.com.