About security clearance

Many of the roles Evodia recruits for require candidates to hold security clearance.

Security Clearance provides a level of assurance as to an individual’s suitability to have access to sensitive or classified information. Security Clearance is requested by an employer and carried out by Government agencies. Individuals cannot apply for Security Clearance. Only organisations that are ‘List X accredited’ are able to act as a sponsor for a Security Clearance. List X is awarded to companies that have been through a stringent security vetting process and have a need for security cleared staff and contractors.

To gain Security Clearance an individual must go through an examination and evaluation, or vetting process, which will involve a background check.

Security Clearance is granted for a specific period of time. All Security Clearances are kept under review. Security Clearance can be verified and transferred to a new employer. If an individual requires Security Clearance for a particular role they may not be able to start in that role until Security Clearance has been obtained.

The main types of UK Security Vetting are:

  • Developed Vetting (DV)
  • Security Check (SC)
  • Counter Terrorist Check (CTC)
  • Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)
  • Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS), Disclosure Scotland (DS), Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (EDBS)

Developed Vetting (DV)

This is the highest level of Security Clearance and is undertaken when an individual has long term, frequent and uncontrolled access TOP SECRET information or for those working in the Intelligence or Security Agencies. DV is the most thorough method of security vetting and the process includes a check of your identity documents and employment and education references. There will also be criminal records and credit reference checks and a check against security service records. Some of the references given will also be checked by writing to or interviewing the individuals who provided them. The individual being vetted will also be interviewed by a Vetting Officer

For this clearance the security check process will include:

  • Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check. This is usually carried out as part of the recruitment process
  • Departmental/Company records check
  • Security Questionnaire
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Credit Reference Check
  • Security Service Check
  • Check of medical and psychological information provided
  • Interview of the applicant and further enquiries which will include interviews with character referees and current and previous supervisors

The information gathered is assessed and a decision is then made to either approve or refuse the individual DV clearance. Once clearance is granted it remains valid for a predetermined period only, after which a review must be conducted if DV clearance is still required. Individuals will need to have been resident in the UK for a minimum of 10 years to gain this clearance.

Security Check (SC)

This clearance is required for people who have considerable access to SECRET or occasional controlled access to TOP SECRET materials. The check determines that a person’s character and personal circumstances are such that they can be trusted to work in a position which may involve access to SECRET or TOP SECRET information.

For this clearance the security check process will include:

  • Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check. This is usually carried out as part of the recruitment process
  • Departmental/Company records check
  • Security Questionnaire
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Credit Reference Check
  • Security Service Check

The information gathered is assessed and a decision is then made to either approve or refuse the individual SC clearance. The clearance process can take between one and three months to complete. Individuals will need to have been resident in the UK for a minimum of five years to gain this clearance.

Counter Terrorist Check (CTC)

A Counter Terrorist Check is carried out if an individual is working in proximity to public figures, or requires unescorted access to certain military, civil, industrial or commercial establishments assessed to be at particular risk from terrorist attack.

For this clearance the security check process will include:

  • Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check. This is usually carried out as part of the recruitment process
  • Departmental/Company records check
  • Security Questionnaire
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Security Service Check

The information gathered is assessed and a decision is then made to either approve or refuse the individual CTC clearance. Individuals will need to have been resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years to gain this clearance.

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) and Enhanced Baseline Standard (EBS)

These are not formal security checks, but a package of pre-employment checks that aim to provide a level of assurance as to the trustworthiness, integrity and probable reliability of an individual. These checks underpin the national security vetting process and have to be carried out as part of the vetting processes listed above.

If you have secured a role via Evodia then you will be required to undergo BPSS checks as a minimum.

Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS), Disclosure Scotland (DS) and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (EDBS)

DBS, DS and EDBS checks are used to check someone’s criminal record if they are applying for certain roles such as working with children or vulnerable adults and can also be obtained for certain other professions such as public sector appointments, judicial appointments or RSPCA officers.

The DBS standard check looks for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.

The DS basic check looks for unspent convictions only.

The enhanced check includes the same as the standard check plus any additional information held by local police that is reasonably considered relevant to the role being applied for.