Welsh start-up helps recruiters face up to Right to Work challenges
Credas, a Cardiff-based technology start-up, is using real-time facial recognition technology to help companies speed up and simplify the process of ID verification, employee and client onboarding, whilst enabling companies to easily comply with Right to Work legislation.
Launched in May 2017, Credas has developed a suite of products and services designed to cut the time and cost it takes to onboard staff by using real-time facial recognition. The first of its kind in the UK, Credas enables recruiters to verify essential ID documents and match the photos on those documents with the actual person, in real-time, by using an app.
By texting or emailing a link to the Credas app, clients or employees can verify themselves anywhere, and at a time that suits them. This truly mobile and real-time identification verification technology can verify up to 4,000 types of ID and could save recruiters up to 180 man-hours a month*.
Credas will also help recruiters and businesses with the audit trail of compliance associated with Right to Work legislation as it will keep a record of the verification on its highly secure cloud-based platform. This also takes the burden off the recruiter to keep the ID, as it will be automatically stored. As well as saving businesses time and money, it reduces the risk of a costly fine of up to £20,000 if you inadvertently employ an illegal worker, therefore minimising reputational risk.
Credas also contributes to back office efficiencies and encourages lean improvement whilst being safer and reducing risk. Using Credas will also give companies peace of mind ahead of the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, as Credas stores all sensitive data on its secure cloud-based platform.
The company has been set up by Rhys David, former executive at Gocompare.com, who has more than 15 years’ experience in technology processes and innovation. Rhys David said:
“Since its implementation in 2014, the Right to Work legislation has increased costs and time spent employing someone for many companies. Having to physically check that the photo ID matches the candidate can be difficult if you are recruiting from abroad, or from another part of the UK. Credas solves all of these problems in one handy app.
“Our pioneering technology puts the UKs most accurate verification tool at our clients’ fingertips, for a fraction of the cost of building this kind of application in-house. The technology is incredibly flexible and we also offer integration options, to enable recruiters to hook up their own CRM to our verification engine.
“We believe that Credas’ technology is the best on the market. No longer will recruiters have to wait for documents through the post or go looking for that lost email to verify staff. Cutting time wasted and costs spent, Credas does it all for you – immediately.”
The Credas verification process consists of three simple steps – a selfie, a photo of the photo ID and a liveness test. Credas does the rest of the work, with many facial recognition and ID authentication algorithms working in the background and checking the data captured. The liveness tests ensure that the person is actually present when the verification photo is being taken.
The mobile application can be configured to create a specific journey for clients. It can be modified to complement an existing registration process, which can be used to feed other systems, such as an internal database or CRM.
The Credas app is compatible with all mobile devices (iOS and Android), ensuring that the verification process can happen swiftly, safely and at anytime that’s convenient to the client and user.
Rhys David added:
“We believe that Credas will revolutionise the way recruiters onboard new staff members and we can’t wait to introduce them to the safest, easiest and most importantly, most cost-effective way to comply with the Right to Work legislation.”