For each sector, The Better Hiring Institute advisory board appoint a sub-committee of up to ten organisations. The purpose of each sub-committee is to meet with others in your sector for an hour every 6-8 weeks with the aim to discuss how you could potentially standardise for your industry, challenges and issues that you face, and any key themes. This is with a view to harmonise and modernise hiring in the UK labour market. 

If you would like to become a sub-committee member and collaborate with industry and UK GOV specifically on matters that relate to your industry, get in touch.

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Who regulates the industry?

There is no legislative, regulatory body for this industry though there is an industry body.

The UK hospitality is a single, authoritative voice representing the broad hospitality sector. It covers:

  • Bars
  • Hotels
  • Coffee shops
  • Nightclubs
  • Visitor attractions
  • Escape rooms etc.

The aim is to unlock the full potential for economic growth and ensure the industry's needs are effectively represented by engaging with the government, the media, employees, and customers.

Screening requirements for the industry

Areas that need pre-employment checks in hospitality:

  • food service positions
  • customer service and other customer-facing roles
  • management positions
  • entertainment positions
  • driver and delivery positions

The Screening process:

  • Standard background checks such as Entitlement to Work, identity check, employment history and education history.
  • Criminal records checks
  • Drug screening checks
  • Social media background checks
  • DVLA check
  • Sexual offender check

Examples of roles and associated checks

Wait Staff, Front of House

  • Right to work check
  • Proof of address
  • Identity check
  • 2 years employment history
  • 2 years referencing
  • Relevant/Highest qualification
  • Cifas fraud check

Restaurant Manager, Hotel Manager

  • Right to work check
  • Proof of address
  • Identity check
  • 5 years employment history
  • 3 years referencing
  • Basic criminal record check
  • Relevant/Highest qualification
  • Credit check
  • Cifas fraud check (membership req.)

Chef, Specialist Staff

  • Right to work check
  • Proof of address
  • Identity check
  • 5 years employment history
  • 5 years referencing
  • Basic criminal record check
  • Relevant/Highest qualification
  • Credit check
  • Cifas fraud check (membership req.)

Case for change

The absence of an overriding organisation setting standards for hiring across the UK means that there is no singular driving force for change to modernise the labour market by eliminating waste, inefficiency, and poor productivity across all sectors and industries. We want to streamline and modernise hiring and promote safe recruitment across all sectors, including tackling various recruitment fraud, which has increased during COVID.

What happens if you don't get it right?

Join the subcommittee for your industry.
Get involved.
If you are interested, just let us know! Appoint a representative for your organisation and we will get in touch and facilitate arrangements. Simple as that.
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