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HiredByMe launches Portable PES, tackling a £180m problem for contractors

HiredByMe, the compliance and onboarding firm, today launches the Portable PES – a product allowing contractors to earn more by spending more time on engagements and less time unpaid on the bench.


Over the last few years requirements for pre-employment screening (PES) of contractors have become increasingly complex. As a result UK financial services contractors report delays costing them upwards of £180m a year as they wait unpaid on the bench for new engagements to start.


The Portable PES product allows contractors to complete their checks in advance of finding an engagement, and then carry their data from role to role. This allows them to earn more as they spend more days engaged and reduces the time and effort spent on repeated screening.


The Portable PES is already accepted at 40 recruiters covering thousands of roles, with new firms constantly joining the scheme.


Speaking at the launch today, Ian Carter, a financial services contractor with 25 years experience, commented, “I’ve been regularly frustrated by delays in starting new contracts, and as a result I’ve lost out on thousands of pounds in earnings. With my Portable PES I expect to move from role to role far more easily and quickly – earning more and reducing my hassle.”


Chris Bryce, chief executive of of IPSE, commented, “Hiring managers need their contractors productive as soon as possible after selection. Twenty years ago it was commonplace to have a contractor on board the day after that decision had been made, but nowadays it can take up to three weeks to complete the screening – that’s three weeks the client’s not getting the work done and three weeks the independent professional isn’t billing for their work. IPSE supports the HiredByMe Portable PES because we think it’s a solid and extremely useful step forward for both clients and contractors.”


Oliver Harris, chief executive of Resource Solutions, commented, “As a thought leader in this space, Resource Solutions is proud to be the first RPO provider to work with HiredByMe throughout the development of their innovative product. As an industry, recruitment outsourcing needs to support solutions like this which allow us to marry our clients’ objectives and rapidly deliver outstanding workers, coupled with a robust compliance process. Time to hire is critical, as is a positive candidate experience, and HiredByMe’s Portable PES aims to address both areas.”


The Portable PES is available for roles across the financial services industry and can be accessed at


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