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We have been supporting clients in the Defence, Government and Security domain since 2003. We have built up a strong understanding of these markets and created a network of clients and candidates operating in both the SC and DV space.

 

Our ability to provide candidates with exciting opportunities working on highly innovative and complex projects has allowed us to create an extensive talent pool of SC and DV cleared engineering professionals across our 10 expertise areas.

What is Security Clearance?

In the United Kingdom, the government requires that individuals undergo security vetting in order to be legally allowed to work on projects of a sensitive nature. Defence contracts are the most common but many roles across Aerospace, Energy (specifically nuclear) and Infrastructure also require security clearance or developed vetting in order for the individual to commence work. 

Vetting is intended to assure government bodies that the individual has not been involved in espionage, terrorism, sabotage or actions intended to overthrow or undermine Parliamentary democracy by political, industrial or violent means. It also assures the department that the individual has not been a member of, or associated with, any organisation which has advocated such activities or has demonstrated a lack of reliability through dishonesty, lack of integrity or behaviour. 

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Finally the process assures the department that the individual will not be subject to pressure or improper influence through past behaviour or personal circumstances.

 

Security Check

A Security Check (SC) is the most widely held level of security clearance. It is required for posts involving regular and uncontrolled access to secret assets and/or occasional, supervised access to top secret assets. And for individuals who:

  • While not in such posts, will be in a position to directly or indirectly bring about the same degree of damage.
  • Will have sufficient knowledge to obtain a comprehensive picture of a secret plan, policy or project.
  • Are being considered for employment where it would not be possible to make reasonable career progress without security clearance for access to secret assets.
  • Require access to certain levels of classified material originating from another country or international organisation.

The process for SC clearance includes:

  • Successful completion of the Baseline Personnel Security Standard.
  • Completion, by the individual, of a Security Questionnaire.
  • A departmental/company records check which will include e.g. personal files, staff reports, sick leave returns and security records.
  • A check of both spent and unspent criminal records.
  • A check of credit and financial history with a credit reference agency.
  • A check of Security Service (MI5) records.
  • It may also include an interview.

Checks may extend to third parties included on the security questionnaire. SC security clearance must be formally reviewed after 10 years (7 years for non-List X contractors) or at any time up to that point at the discretion of the vetting authority.

Developed Vetting

DV is the most detailed and comprehensive form of security clearance in the UK for civilian roles. It is needed for posts that require individuals to have frequent and uncontrolled access to top secret assets or require any access to top secret codeword material. And for individuals who:

  • While not in such posts, will be in a position to directly or indirectly bring about the same degree of damage.
  • Require frequent and uncontrolled access to Category I nuclear material.
  • Require access to certain levels of classified material originating from another country or international organisation.

The process for DV clearance includes:

  • Successful completion of the Baseline Personnel Security Standard.
  • Completion, by the individual, of a Security Questionnaire, a DV Supplement and Financial Questionnaire.
  • A departmental/company records check which will include personal files, staff reports, sick leave returns and security records.
  • A check of both spent and unspent criminal records.
  • A check of credit and financial history with a credit reference agency.
  • A check of Security Service (MI5) records.
  • A full review of personal finances.
  • A detailed interview conducted by a trained Investigating Officer.
  • Further enquiries, including interviews with referees conducted by a trained Investigating Officer.

DV security clearance must be reviewed every 7 years (7 years for non-List X contractors) or at any time up to those points at the discretion of the vetting authority.

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