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Security Cleared Services

Harris global has an excellent reputation in recruiting Security Cleared IT professionals, within both Contract and Permanent positions.  Our dedicated Harris team of professionals has experienced track record in providing security cleared staffing solutions to an extensive range of customers, from small Software Houses to global Systems Integrators, from IT Service Providers to Defence Manufacturers, and Military / Government organisations. Our industry-trained Recruitment Professionals offer advice and guidance to existing or prospective clients covering the availability and deployment of resources, market intelligence, and legislative impact.

Along with our existing database of Security Cleared candidates, we continuously add new methods of sourcing additional security checked candidates.  This includes growing our in-house database of candidate hotlists, targeted marketing campaigns, featured online job board advertising, experienced searching and qualifying of candidates, through to networking and candidate referrals from existing contacts and professional partnerships.

We are also experienced in the process of assisting candidates who do not have the relevant security clearance documentations. Acting as the agent, we mediate between the employer and the candidate, ensuring that the relevant paperwork and documentation is completed on time and correctly.

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Harris global has live vacancies at all levels for both Contract and Permanent IT Staff at clearance and non-clearance levels. Whether you are a PC Technical Support technician, an Analyst Programmer, a Prince II Programme Manager, a Business Analyst or Development Manager, our organisation will more than likely have a contract or permanent vacancy matching your skills and needs.

What is security clearance?

The UK needs a security system to protect against threats from hostile intelligence services, terrorists and other pressure groups. Vetting ensures that anyone who goes through the process can be trusted with sensitive government information or property.

Security clearance is an approved status for individuals, allowing them access to classified or sensitive information. In the public sector, especially in areas such as the UK Government departments of the Ministry of Defence, Home Office, and the armed forces, these all require personnel to be security cleared.

According to the MoD “A security clearance provides a certain level of assurance at a point in time, as to an individual’s suitability to have trusted access to sensitive information”
In addition, private sector companies who supply goods or services to these companies may require some or all of their employees to be security cleared, depending on how sensitive the nature of the information is.

Who requires security clearance?

Increasingly more companies require their candidates to have security clearance. The clearance levels are processed by the following Government agencies:

  • Defence Vetting Agency (DVA)
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

How can I obtain security clearance?

As an individual you cannot apply for Security Clearance – it is something that is requested by an employer and then carried out by Government Agencies. Security Clearance is granted for a particular project or a period of time depending on the terms of employment.

Obtaining Security Clearance could take up to 12 weeks.  Should you already be Security Cleared it can be verified and then transferred to a new employer or project. If you are not Security Cleared and it is required for a particular role, then you will not be able to start your employment until your clearance has been obtained and validated.  You do not have to be a British National to gain Security Clearance but you will need to meet the criteria that are set, which will depend on the level of clearance that you are applying for.  Once you are Security Cleared your clearance will be reviewed around every 10 years.

What types and levels of national security checks and clearances are there?:

BPSS – Baseline Personnel Security Standard: (formerly Basic Check) and EBS Enhanced Baseline Standard (formerly Enhanced Basic Check):  These checks are carried out by referencing and screening identity documentation, and are not part of a formal security clearance.  They provide a level of assurance of integrity and trustworthiness to the employer when employing an individual whose work may involve accessing confidential information or assets.

CTC – Counter Terrorist Check is a BPSS with an additional check against national security. To gain CTC clearance you will normally have had to have been a resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years.  CTC is required for employees who work close to or with public figures, gives access to information or material vulnerable to terrorist attack, or involves unrestricted access to certain government or commercial establishments. A CTC does not allow access, or knowledge, or custody, of protectively marked assets and information.

SC – Security Check is for people who have substantial access to SECRET, or occasional access to TOP SECRET assets and information. This level of clearance involves a Basic Check plus UK criminal and security checks and a credit check. To gain SC clearance you will normally have had to have been a resident in the UK for a minimum of 5 years. This is the most widely held security clearance for posts involving long-term, frequent and uncontrolled access to secret assets and occasional and controlled access to top-secret material.

DV – Developed Vetting. This is the highest level of Security Clearance and is required for people with substantial unsupervised access to TOP SECRET assets, or for working in the intelligence or security agencies. This level of clearance involves Security Check and, in addition, completion of a DV questionnaire, a financial check, checking of references and a detailed interview with a vetting officer. To gain DV clearance you will normally have had to have been a resident in the UK for a minimum of 10 years.

MPS – Metropolitan Police Vetting is carried out for all members of the Metropolitan Police Service (police officers, police staff and members of the specials constabulary), Non Police Personnel including Contactors, Contractors representatives, consultants, volunteers and any person who requires unescorted access to MPS premises or uncontrolled access to police information.

The MPS has the following Force Vetting levels:

  • Initial Vetting Clearance (IVC)
  • Management Vetting (MV)
  • Manned guarding (including cash & valuables in transit, close protection, door supervision, public space surveillance and security guards)
  • Immobilisation, restriction and removal of vehicles
  • Key Holding

SIA – The Security Industry Authority, operates the compulsory licensing of individuals working in specific sectors of the private security industry within the UK. It is an independent body that reports into the Home Secretary and its’ activities are licensed under the Private Security Industry 2001 are:

  • Manned guarding (including cash & valuables in transit, close protection, door supervision, public space surveillance and security guards)
  • Immobilisation, restriction and removal of vehicles
  • Key Holding

CRB – Criminal Records Bureau clearance is required for posts that involve working with children or vulnerable adults. Standard Disclosures contain the details of all convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer (PNC), may also be required for individuals entering certain professions, such as members of the legal and accountancy professions.

Enhanced CRB checks are required for roles that involve a far greater degree of contact with children or vulnerable adults involving regular caring for, supervising of, training or being in sole charge of such people for example a teacher. Enhanced Disclosures contain the same information as the Standard Disclosures but with the addition of local police force information.

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