Pret A Manger, the international food-to-go outlet, has awarded NSL a contract to assess the right to work of all applicants in their UK stores part of an ongoing recruitment campaign that is planned to start in May 2021. NSL, a Marston Holdings company, will be providing a fully managed service to verify that documents provided by applicants are genuine and that they have the Right to Work in the UK.
The contract was awarded to NSL as it was able to demonstrate a successful track record of providing a streamlined candidate experience for multi-site retail operators running high volume recruitment campaigns. It is expected that the checking service will reduce internal administration whilst mitigating the risk of non-compliance and potential reputational damage.
As part of this managed service, NSL will provide Pret with access to its market leading Valid8 checking portal that communicates directly with candidates via email and text messages. After verification checks are completed, a PDF status report is generated for Pret to upload to its Workday HR platform. When successful candidates arrive for induction, managers use the portal to digitally declare a visual comparison of the candidate and the original documents against images of the documents previously authenticated.
NSL stores all documents centrally in a GDPR compliant environment for a retention period as determined by Home Office rules. This data is protected from any unauthorised access using multi-factor authentication as well as strict password and data sharing policies.
Marston Holdings added: “Our managed service is proving to be the market leading solution for organisations needing support with their Right to Work checks. Outsourcing this service to NSL will enable Pret to speed up the recruitment process and eliminate the need to arrange constant refresher training in the face of changing legislation following Brexit.”