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TLTP Group turns to technology to identify applications based on fake documentation

With as many as one in every six documents presented for a job application potentially fake, TLTP Group has introduced a new piece of software to identify them early and quickly.


TLTP Group has begun using uAuthenticate, a British-produced software tool designed to check the authenticity of passports, biometric cards, ID cards, visas and more to ensure that a candidate’s documentation is genuine and that they have the right to work in the UK. In one instance, one recruitment agency reported that 1 in 5 scans it made were identified as fake in the first few weeks following the installation of uAuthenticate. There is now a £20,000 fine for employing somebody who doesn't have the right to work here


With around 100 recruitment companies being started up every week in the UK, TLTP Group managing director, Darryl Mydat (pictured), says it is time for both recruitment agencies and schools, hospitals and other employers to ensure that adequate safeguarding and background checks are being made.


He said, “It is particularly important when dealing with children in schools or vulnerable people in hospitals that proper checks are made. Some of the documentation being used is incredibly sophisticated and wouldn't be easily recognised by the naked eye.


“It is now a criminal not a civil offence to employ somebody who doesn't have the right to work here and, we believe schools, for example, may be less aware of this and, in their haste to address the current teacher shortage, may not be taking adequate precautions.” 


TLTP’s use of uAuthenticate enables them to scan passports and other documents, including those with chips, in the office, with the candidate present and to instantly get a check on whether that person is using valid ID. 


Mydat added, “The cost of the technology is a small price to pay for effective safeguarding.”


TLTP’s decision to introduce the new technology follows a Freedom of Information request submitted by the company late last year, which revealed that nearly three thousand teachers in London with, between them, more than 8000 criminal convictions, including soliciting as a prostitute, gross indecency and sexual assault, had applied for teaching jobs since the start of 2014. 

This was followed by statistics published by the Disclosure & Barring Service (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/dbs-performance) which showed that during 2015, on average the Metropolitan Police completed only 30% of checks within 14 days (the target is 85%), only 33% within 18 days (the target is 90%) and only 35.5% within 25 days (the target is 95%). The DBS is required to ask the police if they have any relevant locally held information about applicants, which they reasonably believe to be relevant, and which should therefore be disclosed as part of the DBS check.


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