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What is The Home Office employee checking service?

Updated: Oct 4, 2022

The Home Office Employee Checking Service (ECS check) is an important part of the hiring process since they allow employers to confirm that potential personnel are eligible to work in the United Kingdom.

The Employee Checking Service is used to request verification from the Home Office that an individual has the right to work in the UK when they have an outstanding application or appeal, and cannot present valid right to work documents before they can embark on work.

An employer will need to submit an ECS check as soon as possible, as it now takes up to 16 working days to receive a response from the Home Office, with either a positive or negative verification notice.

Employers must perform an ECS check before hiring anyone to ensure they are legal to perform the work in question. If the employer fails to comply, the Home Office may impose a penalty.

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