Why do I need background checks for gig workers?

The gig economy is regularly in the headlines with many organisations being under media scrutiny for their strategy and management of self-employed workforces.

Contractors often have similar access to company resources, data and customers as permanent hires. Ensuring that everyone who works with your company is trustworthy and has the necessary skills and education to carry out the task effectively provides peace of mind, and helps create a level of trust between your organisation and your customer, many of which will come into contact with your contractor workforce, whether that be someone delivering a pizza, a parcel or someone babysitting children or coaching sports.

Employee fraud, theft, data security breaches or illegal working are just as common in gig economy workers as in the permanent workforce, therefore it is prudent to carry out the same level of vetting as with permanent hires. It's also best practice to ensure your organisation's brand reputation is positive, in order for gig economy organisations to have competitive advantage in a busy market.

The law regarding contractors is in a constant state of change and it can be unclear to decide to what background screening is necessary for short term hires.

Background screening checks for the gig economy

Right to Work Check

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Employee Identity Check

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Criminal Record Check

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Adverse Financial Check

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PEPs, Sanctions and Enforcement Check

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Employment Reference and Qualification Check

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Bank Account Check

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Why choose GBG for your gig employment checks?


Neglecting to conduct background checks on gig economy workers could leave your organisation vulnerable to recriminations, possible fines and reputational risk.


Our expert team of onboarding executives can configure your gig economy workers employment check system to meet your exact processing requirements. Our dedicated, Nottingham-based client care team will keep track of your applications and are always on hand to help with any questions.


Check your staff regularly to help combat financial crime and terrorism, people trafficking or illegal immigration. Be absolutely confident that people are who they say they are – and be able to prove it. Our eligibility experts will ensure your online system processes checks at the right level for your organisation.


Our software systems make use of cutting-edge technologies, providing Identity as a Service to help our customers maintain data integrity to the highest standards and confirm an applicant’s attributable data sets.

How to get started

We’ll work with you to understand your challenges and provide the ideal solution.