Quintuple audit success!

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Agenda today is celebrating a Quintuple audit success after successfully passing audits for the following standards: 27001 Information Security Management 22301 Business Continuity 9001 Quality Management 14001 Environmental Management BS10012 Personal Information Management These audits were carried out by an independent UKAS accredited certification body. These standards are an important part of Agenda’s overall governance and assurance regime. We firmly …

Tackling Recruitment Fraud

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Source: peoplemanagement.co.uk Recruitment fraud is a significant problem across the world and naturally, the cases that reach the public realm are the most shocking. However, what is arguably more worrying are the hundreds of thousands of unreported cases, where fraudsters successfully infiltrate their host organisation and continue to stay under the radar, causing untold damage.  Initial misrepresentation or misleading information …

EU Exit: ID Document Check app breakthrough!

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In late 2018 the UK government released an app to try to make it easier for EU nationals to register their UK residency after Brexit through their smartphones. The app would check that someone’s identity was genuine, and would verify that the document they uploaded (either an EU biometric passport or a UK residence card with biometric chip) was genuine. It didn’t, …

What do Gen Z want from their employer?

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Caroline Nevitte from People Management has suggested they’re looking mainly for positive working environments, but also expect a few other things… Generation Z (those born between 1997 and early 2010’s) are now graduating from university and making their move into a working world that is starting to place more emphasis on the employee experience. A recent article from People Magazine …

Recruitment Fraud costing businesses £23 billion!

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Crowe UK has recently published the Real Cost of Recruitment Fraud report in conjunction with University of Portsmouth. The report established that the annual cost of recruitment fraud to UK businesses is a whopping £23.9 billion! The statistics don’t lie – around 5,000 CV checks were carried out, out of which more than 75% contained discrepancies, 20% used inflated job …

New Structure at Agenda

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As Agenda Screening Services continues to win new clients with our bespoke and personal approach, we can continue to create new opportunities on our Career Pathway. This month, Katrina is promoted to a Screening Operations Manager role, Sarah and Andy are now Team Managers, Clare, Jemma and Kerrie become Team Supervisors and Kate is now a Team Coach. Our approach to sustainable …

Social status quiz for civil service job applicants

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It never fails to spark a debate in the pub – but now people applying for civil service jobs are being asked it too. Government bosses want to know how working class their staff think they are – when compared with most people. The answers will not be used to decide who gets a job – but to help recruit …

UK Jobs With Fastest Growing Pay Revealed

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Private firms in the UK are expected to give employees an average pay increase of 2.5 per cent in 2019, the latest analysis from XpertHR revealed recently. Zawya reported on the prediction, noting that this is the same level of pay increase as recorded in 2018. However, other research released by jobs site Indeed highlighted some jobs where salaries are increasing much …

Staff Development

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As a company that invests heavily in the development of its staff, Agenda are proud to announce more training has been successfully completed by the staff at their Head Offices.  Congratulations to the team that have recently completed courses in fire awareness and advanced customer service skills. Staff are pictured here with their certificates.

Taxi Drivers To Undergo Further Checks For Licences?

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The government has launched a consultation, set to come to an end on April 22nd, on whether or not private hire and taxi drivers could have to pass further criminal record checks before being granted their licences. At the moment, councils around the UK set their own standards for drivers, which includes whether or not they need to make the …

Importance Of Governance Processes Highlighted In The NHS

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A review into the handling of a sexual abuse case has highlighted just how important it is to have proper safeguarding procedures in place and to prioritise the appropriate governance processes within the NHS – which may well spur you on to ensure you’re making good use of international background screening companies before you hire new staff members in the …

Audit Success for Agenda!

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Agenda successfully passed our audits for 22301 Business Continuity Management and BS10012 Personal Information Management. Over the course of the last 2 months Agenda have successfully passed surveillance audits for the following certification. BS10012 was adopted as the framework to manage GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 compliance as it aligns to the principles of GDPR and DPA2018. 27001 Information …

2018 Fundraising for Parkinsons UK

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Agenda are extremely proud to present a cheque for our 2018 charity fundraising, during which we raised a total of £1718.91 to Parkinsons UK! 2018 saw a variety of fundraising activities with lots of members of staff engaging with the fundraising outside of work hours as well as in the office! We had people running 10Ks, riding the longest (and fastest!) …

More People Development Success in Screening Services!

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Agenda’s commitment to a quality service has been strengthened by further investment in the training of our people. Congratulations to Sadie, Sarah,Kerrie, Jemma, Danielle and Andy for successfully completing Excel and/or Implementing Change courses.

Supporting Teenage Cancer Trust in 2019

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Agenda are proud to announce that they will be supporting The Teenage Cancer Trust as their charity of the year for 2019. Every year Agenda supports one charity throughout the year with various fundraising activities and the charity is voted for by the staff. This year the vote was easily won by the Teenage Cancer Trust and we will be supporting it …

1/5 Employers Ask Unlawful Questions

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Around a fifth of national employers – including a number of household name companies – ask jobseekers for information about criminal records they are not legally entitled to. Research by Unlock, a charity supporting people with convictions, found that almost three-quarters of companies continue to ask about criminal records at job application stage. Criminal record checks Criminal record checks: Quick …

An overview of BS7858 Security Screening

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This British Standard gives recommendations for the security screening of individuals to be employed in an environment where the security and/or safety of people, goods and services, personal data or property is a requirement of the employing organisation’s operations and/or where such security screening is in the public and/or corporate interest. The scope allows organisations in all environments to adopt …

Why screen as part of your onboarding process?

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What will it mean to my business? Right to work checks – Employees have a legal duty to prevent illegal workers in the UK. Fines for non-compliance can exceed £20,000 per individual. Identity verification – Is the person you are employing a risk to your current work force? Research shows ever increasing levels of CV discrepancies. Criminal record checks – Reduction of …

More Career Pathway Promotions at Agenda

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As Agenda’s screening operation continues to attract more companies to our way of working and quality of service, we have been able to provide more development opportunities for our experienced people. From the 13th August, Kerrie became a Deputy Team Leader, supporting all teams across the department, when required. Also from the 13th, Danielle  became the department Training & Quality Coach, supporting …

What is an OSINT check?

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An OSINT check is an open source intelligence check and can also be referred to as an internet/web mining check. It is used as part of a background screening check and looks at a candidate’s online activity. Searching a candidate’s online activity, including social media, images and publications, is becoming an increasingly important element of pre-employment screening and it helps …

Hire Me… what could possibly go wrong?

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If you want to enhance your recruitment skills or to enable your organisation to make better hiring decisions, Agenda have the course for you. Our award winning three-step programme has been designed for busy HR and hiring managers and can be taken as individual modules on as a full three-step programme. Over the course of the full programme, we cover …

Leadership is on the Agenda!

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Our other participant in the Agenda Staff Challenge is Mat who he is aiming to put leadership on our agenda for the future! In keeping with Agenda’s commitment to making our business a great place to work, Mat’s programme is an exciting concept for the development of our employees. July sees the launch of the ‘Agenda Leadership Academy’, which Mat …

Agenda lock down their training

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Agenda would like to say a huge well done to a recent participant in our Agenda staff challenge. Mic, from Agenda’s IT department has just successfully assisted 15 members of Agenda staff through an Open University ‘Introduction to Cyber security: stay safe online’ course, with all attendees gaining an Open University qualification. The Staff Challenge was put together as part …

GOV UK & NAPBS Launch UK Criminal Record Trade Body

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A network of Registered Bodies is to come together to form a recognised group of criminal record check professionals. The group, called the Criminal Records Trade Body (CRTB) will form a committee within the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Europe Chapter. This group will provide an authoritative and independent voice, representing a wide range of sectors of sectors with the …

A Great Place To Work

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On Monday last week, we welcomed Ken Wright back to the Pre-employment Screening Team.  Ken worked with Agenda four years ago from 2011-2014. In true #GreatPlaceToWork style, one of his colleagues had remembered he left his coffee mug behind four years ago and after retrieving it from safe kitchen cupboard storage, made sure it was sat on his desk waiting for him … …