Editorial

Xydus certified for right to Work digital identity checks

From October 1 all UK workplaces will be required to carry out digital RTW checks via certified IDSPs.

Posted 25 July 2022 by Christine Horton


Xydus has joined the growing ranks of certified Identity Service Providers (IDSPs) under the UK’s Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework. The company can now complete digital identity checks for the Right to Work scheme.

Coming into effect on October 1, 2022, it will be a regulated operational requirement for all UK workplaces to carry out digital RTW checks via certified IDSPs. Manual checks continue to be permitted, but temporary emergency Covid rules allowing manual right-to-work checks to be conducted remotely using a video call will cease to be legal.

Xydus argues that achieving certified IDSP status is therefore essential for any digital identity service provider that wants to support UK businesses beyond October 1.


“It’s incredibly humbling to see the team’s hard work recognised by the UK government, who invited Xydus to participate in its pilot accreditation scheme,” said Xydus CISO Jos Aussems. “We were very pleased to have been given the opportunity to be a voice at the table in the future direction and consideration for the Trust Framework. The new legislation will be essential in supporting remote workers and ‘the digital HQ’, ensuring seamless onboarding and offboarding of workers without the fear of penalties or fines.”


From October 1st 2022, all employers operating in the UK have to comply with the latest Right To Work legislation. Failing to comply can result in a civil penalty of up to £20,000 per non-compliant check, losing the ability to sponsor work visa applications for foreign nationals and even a criminal conviction in serious cases.


“We built a platform to resolve today’s and tomorrow’s identity management challenges,” said Xydus CEO Russell King. “We launched our channel partner programme with a singular focus on maximising client returns commercially and operationally while enabling resolution to organisations’ ongoing challenges in maintaining multi-jurisdictional regulatory compliance.”


Xydus is partnering with Vialto Partners, a specialist in mobility, tax and immigration corporate advisory services, on a solution “that meets the legal requirements of RTW on every user journey, irrespective of the employee work authorisation and identity-related documentation or status.”


Stephan Judge, director of RTW at Vialto, commented: “We’re delighted our partnership with Xydus continues to go from strength to strength, and the government certification is a testament to the work we’ve done together. Our clients have consistently demonstrated that Xydus and its identity management platform delivers against their requirements and future objectives. Seeing our expertise contribute to a world-leading offering ahead of October’s legislation is truly exciting.”