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What is Right to work management?

In the ever-evolving landscape of employment law, staying compliant with the latest regulations is a constant challenge for recruiters and employers alike. In the UK, one critical aspect of this compliance is adhering to right to work legislation, which mandates employers to verify that all their employees have the legal right to work in the UK before hiring them. Navigating this legal requirement can be a complex and time-consuming task, but the advent of right to work management services promises to revolutionise the process, offering significant benefits to both recruiters and employers.

Understanding the Right to Work Legislation

The UK right to work legislation is the bedrock upon which employment eligibility rests. It requires that employers check job applicants' legal right to work in the UK before employing them, regardless of their nationality. Employers must verify the authenticity of various documents, from UK passports to work visas and biometric residence permits, to ensure that their workforce is legally compliant. Failure to conduct these checks correctly can result in severe penalties, including fines and, for serious breaches, criminal prosecution.

The legislation serves as a critical checkpoint in the UK's efforts to maintain a legal working environment and is pivotal in the prevention of illegal employment. For employers, the implications are clear: they must be vigilant and thorough in checking and recording the right to work status of every employee.

As a recruiter you can use the legislation to your advantage in two ways.

  • By ensuring that your candidates have a valid Right to work you're only sending valid candidates for interview thus cutting down on time wasting.
  • By offering Right to work management to your client in terms of document collection, verification and storage you are saving them both admin tasks and logistical headaches by simplifying and streamlining the mundane tasks and processes involved in the activity.

The Need for an Efficient Management System

The manual process of checking and recording an employee's right to work can be fraught with risks and inefficiencies. It is labour-intensive, prone to human error, and often involves a substantial paper trail that can be difficult to manage and audit or threads of confusing emails. Furthermore, the dynamic nature of immigration laws means that the required documentation and the validity of these documents can change, adding to the complexity of compliance.

The Rise of Right to Work Management services

This is where right to work management services come into play. These digital solutions are designed to simplify and streamline the verification process. By digitising the checks and keeping records secure and accessible, these services offer a myriad of advantages over traditional methods.

There are a few main drawbacks with the current services on offer the main ones are listed below.

  1. Cost - Most of the services have a minimum monthly commitment and also charge per verification, the prices range widely and go up to around £20 per verification.
  2. Lack of cohesion - All third party services are both off brand and require subsequent and confusing processes involving candidates installing third party apps, registering with those apps and following their protocols. Compounding this includes consultant training to advise candidates to use the services.
  3. Disorganisation - Using third party systems means coordinating and collating all of the required documents and then feeding it back in to your recruitment CRM software or back-office system which is a synchronous process and ties up consultants on tasks that could be automated.

So what's the solution?

The solution to the problem is to bring the right to work management in-house with your own automated, on-brand Right to work management and candidate onboarding app. The app/service is fully integrated with your website, CRM and brand which promotes trust and excellence to your candidates. The automation features allow you to set up templates that apply to new registrations which automatically coordinate the candidate to complete Right to work checks and any other onboarding you may have such as uploading copies of licences or documents. The app enables what we call 'asynchronous recruiting' which is a term to describe tasks being done in the background while the recruitment consultant gets on with other things and is notified when the background task(s) are complete - this greatly improves efficiency and fights burnout.

This sounds expensive!

Once upon a time having an app purpose built for this would have been ot of reach for all but the biggest recruitment agencies. The sheer cost of development, management and maintenance would have run into the tens of thousands of pounds and countless man (or woman) hours. Thankfully we developed a process to create these apps for just a small setup cost and small monthly fee. The monthly fee is around half the price of a third party service and the best part is that with our platform you don't have to pay for the verification so your costs are constant and predictable. Furthermore, you can offset the cost by offering the service as an ancillary service to your clients where you can charge a monthly retainer or charge per verification, this is certain to set you apart from your competitors and give you an edge on that PSL!

Benefits for Recruiters

For recruiters, the primary benefit of using a right to work app is efficiency. The app can significantly reduce the time spent on administrative tasks, freeing recruiters to focus on sourcing and engaging with candidates. Moreover, they can provide real-time updates on the changing landscape of right to work requirements, ensuring that recruiters are always operating with the most current information.

Advantages for Employers

Employers benefit from the assurance of compliance. With heavy fines at stake for non-compliance, right to work apps provide peace of mind by guiding employers through each step of the verification process and storing all necessary documentation in one secure, easily auditable location.

In addition, these apps can enhance the onboarding experience for new hires. A seamless and professional verification process can set a positive tone for the employer-employee relationship, reflecting an organisation's commitment to legal and ethical practices.

The Economic Impact

From an economic standpoint, right to work apps can be cost-saving for organisations. By reducing the administrative burden, companies can allocate resources more efficiently and avoid the financial repercussions associated with non-compliance. The quick and accurate processing of right to work checks can also accelerate the hiring process, reducing the time-to-hire and helping businesses scale up their workforce more rapidly to meet market demands.

Data Security and Privacy

In the age of data breaches and stringent data protection laws, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), right to work management apps also offer enhanced security and privacy. They use encryption and other security measures to protect personal information, which is particularly important given the sensitive nature of the documents involved in right to work checks.

Future-Proofing Compliance

As immigration laws and right to work regulations evolve, a right to work management app can provide a platform that can adapt to changes with minimal disruption. This future-proofs an organisation's compliance processes, ensuring that they can quickly adjust to new legislation without overhauling their entire system.

Conclusion

The integration of a right to work management app into the recruitment and employment process represents a significant leap forward in operational efficiency, compliance assurance, and data security. For recruiters, the advantages of streamlined administrative processes and reduced risk of error are clear. Employers stand to benefit from the peace of mind that comes with guaranteed compliance, an enhanced onboarding experience for new employees, and the cost savings associated with efficient resource allocation.

As businesses look to remain competitive and compliant in a global marketplace, the adoption of such technological solutions is not just an advantage but a necessity.

If you are in the market for a Right to work app, a recruitment website or efficient recruitment CRM software please email us or call us on 0207 127 5124 to see how we can help solve your recruitment problems and elevate your recruitment.

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