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Over the past 30 years we have developed a niche position within government, defence and national security and are well placed to support you with working within these specialist markets. Our in-house recruitment experts hold security clearances enabling closer partnerships with clients to provide a constant high level of delivery. Our onsite security controllers can initiate the security process allowing rapid deployment.

What is security clearance?

Security clearance is a status granted to individuals so they can undertake certain jobs and carry out tasks that need national security clearance. This usually includes access to classified information or restricted areas after the completion of a background check.

Security cleared jobs are located across a range of sectors including Government, Defence, National Security, Nuclear and Health.

Security clearance must be requested by an employer and is conducted by government agencies. It is granted for a set period of time according to the project length or employment term and must be in place prior to employment commencing.

What levels of security clearance do we work with?

We have extensive experience in recruiting and placing candidates with SC and DV security clearance across a range of organisations in the UK.

What is Security Check (SC)?

This is a transferable clearance between government departments and covers a range of jobs in both the public and private sectors. It is granted to allow people substantial access to ‘secret’ or occasional access to ‘top secret’ assets and information. It usually takes a minimum of 6 weeks to complete and is reviewed every 10 years.

The clearance includes security checks, credit reference check, criminal record check, security questionnaire and a company records check.

To gain SC clearance you are usually required to have been a UK resident for a minimum of 5 years.

What is Developed Vetting (DV)?

This is the highest level of security clearance and is required for working in the intelligence or security agencies. It is the most comprehensive, usually taking a minimum of six months to complete and as such the most expensive form of UK vetting. This provides substantial unsupervised access to top secret assets and only a small number of clearances are granted and renewed annually.

The clearance includes a security check, completion of a DV questionnaire, criminal record check, company records check, financial checks, reference checks, medical and psychological checks, interviews with family and friends and a detailed interview with a vetting officer. Once clearance is granted it is valid for a pre-determined period of time, subject to remaining on a DV assignment/ DV site, after which a review must be conducted (usually after 5 years).

To gain DV clearance you are usually required to have been a UK resident for a minimum of 10 years.

If you are interested in working in the Government and National Security sector, find out more by contacting one of our specialist recruitment consultants by email trs@resourcegroup.co.uk or call +44 (0) 117 917 1500.

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