Clients, Employers and Recruiters alike will welcome the news today from the Home office, that the end date for adjusted digital right to work checks has been delayed again, to 5 April 2022.
You can find the official government guidance here.
This follows extensive campaigning and work by our institute the Recruitment Employment Confederation (REC) and others, urging the Home Office to extend the use of digital right to work checks until a permanent digital solution is in place, due to the current labour shortages.
In response to the announcement, in a press release today, Chief Executive of the REC Neil Carberry said:
“This is great news for recruiters and hiring businesses all over the country. Digital right to work checks have been a resounding success during the pandemic, allowing companies to hire quickly and safely as well as improving compliance. It makes complete sense to extend their use, especially considering the unprecedented labour shortages we are experiencing now. This move comes on the back of extensive campaigning from the REC with our last letter to the Home Office yesterday - linking the need for a delay to helping with worker shortages. We look forward to working with them further on a more permanent digital solution.”
We agree that a permanent digital solution is required to support the growth of the economy. While initially brought as a temporary solution during the problems posed by the pandemic. We are seeing a rapidly changing employment market - with hybrid, flexible and remote working becoming much more common. New technologies have been adopted by millions of workers and businesses, Teams, and the recruitment process should move to reflect this.
Talk to our team today to discuss your own recruitment needs, flexible working, candidate availability or market conditions.