The BPSS (Basic Staff Security Standard) is a standard level of control in the communications, energy and finance sectors. This type of control is used to confirm the identity of individuals when they are working with potentially sensitive information. The cost of a BPSS check is 115€ per request and the average delivery time is 7 to 10 working days. The BPSS is the recognized standard for pre-employment evaluation of people with access to government assets. It is not a formal security authorization, but its rigorous and consistent application underpins the national security background investigation process at the CTC, Level 1B, SC and DV.
The BPSS consists of a series of pre-hire checks that must be completed before an employee can work on government projects. These controls are essential to reduce the risk of illegal workers and identity fraud and to protect national security. Recently, the CBS has seen a huge increase in the number of requests for BPSS control and more and more employers are realizing that pre-employment evaluation only allows a person to be evaluated at any given time. Completing the full set of BPSS controls can take a long time, especially if you're a smaller company. It is also clear that many companies are now copying and completing the four key elements of the BPSS standard, with a clear focus on continuous testing, as they have realized that a spot check only allows one person to be evaluated at that time. The main objective of the authorization of the BPSS, according to the HMG BPSS guide, is to act as a sensible and precautionary measure aimed at “confirming the identity of individuals (employees and contractors) and providing a level of assurance as to their reliability, integrity and reliability.
The government considers BPSS checks to be an important measure to confirm the identity of a person (employee or contractor) and their rights to work in the UK. BPSS controls mitigate the risks associated with people working with potentially sensitive information. The responsibility for applying BPSS controls to a candidate generally lies with the human resources function, although the government recommends that human resources work collaboratively with security units and, if possible, with the participation of legal advisors and procurement staff. BPSS (Basic Staff Security Standard) controls are essential to reduce the risk of illegal workers and identity fraud and to protect national security.