One of the UK’s leading recruitment agencies specialising in overseas recruitment for the aviation industry is calling on all organisations involved in staff recruitment within the sector to follow their lead and seek criminal record checks, not only in the UK, but also in the home countries of foreign nationals.
It is a policy which Labour Source Limited has followed for the past four years having identified the possible risks which could result if immigrant workers were only having to undergo checks in the UK.
Their call follows a shocking report on Newsnight this week which revealed that convicted criminals could be working airside because there is no requirement to check criminal records of foreign nationals in their home countries potentially putting both the travelling public and staff at risk.
Labour Source Managing Director Gary Edelman revealed that whilst there is a requirement to check records in the UK for airside staff there is no other requirement in place to check any other records in the case of foreign nationals other than a disclosure.
British staff on the other hand must have a clean record and a verifiable five year work history.
As one of the leading suppliers of staff within the sector, Labour Source raised this as an issue four years ago and now provides the stringent checking process as standard to all clients.
Gary Edelman commented: “In the current climate where we are seeing more and more foreign nationals seeking employment in the UK and as one of the leading suppliers of staff within the aviation sector we adopt stringent security measures which we provide as standard.
“Furthermore to ensure that we stay ahead of the market we are voluntarily audited on an annual basis by one of the leading security consultants within the sector.
“It is a policy coupled with the policies and measures we follow which has repeatedly served as key deciding factors in our clients choosing to work with us.”
Gary Edelman’s only disappointment is that more companies have not come on board to offer this level of service and is keen to play a key role in ensuring this now becomes a reality.
He continued: “We have actively been lobbying the Department of Transport and other parties on this very issue for some time with a view to seeking a common standard that all foreign nationals are fully checked and vetted both in the UK and in their own countries.
“We have also recently had very positive discussions with the task force who is responsible for carrying out a review of airport security.”
It is estimated that over 200,000 people work airside in the UK with an ever increasing number of these being foreign nationals.
“The figures speak for themselves”, commented Gary Edelman, “and clearly steps need to be taken now to increase security measures.
“Terrorism is a real threat and with these current loopholes and until they are closed we are leaving ourselves wide open to potential danger.”
Founded in 2002 to address the issue of skill shortages Labour Source has built a sound reputation within the overseas recruitment market for providing an excellent level of service that not only meets the needs of their customers but the needs of the industries they are serving as a whole.
The company currently has three overseas offices in Krakow, Gdansk (Poland) and Banska Bystrica (Slovakia) and will shortly be opening an office in South Africa. The company also has agents in the majority of Eastern Europe.
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