After a protracted series of interviews and aborted interviews, I was recently offered a three month contract in London with an organisation professing much in the way of becoming Agile. Despite some number of reservations, I had decided to give it a go. Imagine my reaction, then, when this email turned up…
[Preamble – redacted]
Here are the documents we need returned. The ID and Proof of Address must be verified by a professional (preferably your solicitor) who has known you for more than 2 years with their full name, occupation, dated and signed.
· Verified copy of ID (passport, photo driving licence etc) Please have the front cover, first page and photo page verified – each with a statement saying ‘Certified to be a true copy of the original seen by me’. If you choose the driving licence we need both the photo card and counterpart verified.
· Verified copy of Proof of Address – Issued within the last 3 months (1 of the following: Utility bill, bank statement or similar from home address) – Please state ‘Certified to be a true copy of the original seen by me’.
· Criminal Declaration Form (Signed)
· Confidentiality and conflict of interest form (Signed)
· Declaration of Interest Form (Signed)
· Basic Disclosure Scotland Check – http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/disclosureinformation/basicdisclosure.htm – Please apply ASAP and let me know the reference number
· References- A full 3 years work references are required. If only one role has been worked over the 3 year period then a personal reference will be required also. If a limited company has worked many assignments then an accountant’s reference specifying that between two dates work was solidly carried out on various assignments would be acceptable but as that would only count as one reference, a personal reference would be required as well.
· Gaps in work- Any gaps of more than 28 days in the last 10 years need explaining by evidencing what happened during that time. A personal reference specifying the dates is required, if this is not possible then other evidence would be considered i.e. receipts etc.
· CV containing previous 10 years employment/education history with no gaps
· Tax Assurance Forms (Signed)
Ltd Company documents – if you don’t have them: http://www.hiscox.co.uk/business-insurance/insurance-products/
Certificate of Incorporation
VAT Registration Certificate
Professional Indemnity Insurance – Minimum of £1m
Public Liability Insurance – Minimum of £1m
Employers Liability Insurance – Minimum of £5m
Government guidelines on Certifying documents:
To certify documents, ask a professional person or someone well-respected in your community (‘of good standing’) like a:
· bank or building society official
· police officer
· teacher or lecturer
The person you ask shouldn’t be:
· related to you
· living at the same address
· in a relationship with you
Check with the organisation that needs the certified copy – they may have specific rules for who can certify a document.
How to certify a document
Take the photocopied document and the original and ask the person to certify the copy by:
· writing ‘Certified to be a true copy of the original seen by me’ on the document
· signing and dating it
· printing their name under the signature
· adding their occupation, address and telephone number
The person certifying the document may charge you a fee.
[Post-amble – redacted]
This was, of course, the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back. Needless to say, I have declined to be a party to this madness.
“If the company looks inept to you, you might assume everything else they do is inept.”
~ Daniel Kahneman
I have a forlorn hope that my “protest” might provide someone with some argument to oppose the policy.
Never mind. Onward and upward! 🙂
“There’s no shortage of talent – only a shortage of organisations that talent wants to work for.”
No More Stupid Punts ~ FlowchainSensei