A-Z of Industry Sectors and the Type of Background Checks Required

Each industry sector has its own rules and regulations regarding employee background checks.

In this article, we detail the most common form of background checks you can expect to find in each industry. For clarification or more information, please email contact@ebcglobal.co.uk

Administrative and Support Services

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record Basic DBS check recommended
Credit Check Yes, if the candidate is handling monies or financial data/information
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No

 

Agriculture

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record Basic DBS check
Credit Check No, but credit checks are recommended (if proportionate to the role)
DVLA Yes, if the candidate is operating vehicles or driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No
Other Machinery licence checks

 

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record A basic DBS check is required. An enhanced check is required if the candidate will be entertaining or working with children and/or vulnerable adults
Credit Check Yes, if the candidate is handling monies or financial data/information
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No

 

Aviation

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record Basic DBS check
Credit Check Recommended, but not essential
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search Yes
Other A 5-year background check of the candidate is required. Drug testing and medical checks are required for certain roles (e.g., pilots)

 

Care Work

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record A DBS enhanced and barring check is required
Credit Check Recommended, but not essential
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No
Other Manual handling certificate checks (rare)

 

Construction

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record Basic DBS check
Credit Check Recommended, but not essential
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No


Education

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record DBS enhanced and barring
Credit Check Recommended, but not essential
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No

 

Energy

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record A basic DBS check is required
Credit Check Recommended, but not essential
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No

 

Finance

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record A basic or standard check is required. This depends on the type of role (click here for more info).
Credit Check Yes
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search Recommended for senior and director level roles

 

Government (also known as a BPSS Check)

All government roles require the candidate to undergo a BPSS check. Official guidance can be found here.

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record Basic DBS check
Credit Check Yes
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No
Other A 3-5 year employment background check (including gap periods) is required

 

Healthcare

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record DBS enhanced and barring check
Credit Check Recommended, but not essential
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No
Other Depending on the role, an NMC Pin check, BRP Checks, Passport Checks and GMC Checks are required

 

Hospitality

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record Basic DBS check
Credit Check Recommended if the candidate is handling monies and/or financial information
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No

 

IT

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record Basic DBS check
Credit Check Highly recommended
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No
Other Cyber and/or information security training checks

 

Manufacturing

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record Basic DBS check recommended
Credit Check Recommended, but not essential
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No

 

Mining and Quarrying

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record Basic DBS check
Credit Check Recommended, but not essential
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No
Other Licence checks (for specific machinery). Drug testing and medical checks are required for certain roles.

 

Real Estate / Property

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record Basic DBS check for most roles. Standard DBS checks are required for licensed conveyancers
Credit Check Yes, if the candidate has access to financial data/information
DVLA Yes, for estate agents who travel to different properties on a regular basis. Also, if the candidate will driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No

 

Science and Technology

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record Basic DBS checks for most roles. Forensic scientists require an enhanced DBS check
Credit Check Recommended, but not essential
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No

 

Security

See BS7858 standard

Social Work

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record DBS enhanced and barring check
Credit Check Recommended, but not essential
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No
Other Licence checks (if applicable)

 

Transportation and Logistics

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record DBS enhanced and barring check
Credit Check Recommended, but not essential
DVLA Mandatory, if the individual will be driving for the company)
Sanctions Search No

 

Veterinary

Right to Work Yes (mandatory)
Criminal Record Standard DBS check
Credit Check Recommended, but not essential
DVLA Only if the candidate is driving on behalf of the company
Sanctions Search No
Other Veterinary and medical licence checks

 

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