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EXPERIAN LAUNCHES VERIFICATION SERVICE TO SUPPORT FASTER, MORE ACCURATE LENDING DECISIONS

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Work Report™ is the UK’s first service that automates the digital sharing of payroll information on behalf of the consumer

1 in 3 employees set to benefit through partnerships with Salary Finance and Sage

Consumers in the UK will be able to get access to better financial products and services, as Experian launches a new service to help lenders provide even faster, more accurate and bespoke lending decisions.

Work Report™ is the first digital verification service that will allow consumers to consent to digitally share their payroll information with another organisation. It provides connectivity to an employer’s payroll data to provide direct confirmation of a consumer’s gross and net income, as well as their employment status and tenure, in a matter of seconds.

For example, for lenders, the solution can be used as part of their affordability and credit checks when a new customer applies for financial products and services. It helps to provide a faster, more accurate, lending decision, reduce credit risk and create a better overall digital experience.

Work Report™ is part of a suite of configurable verification services provided by Experian that enables a consumer to confirm their identity and consent to share verified credit information, income, and expenditure in a single data exchange.

Additional to Work Report™, as part of the suite, the services include an Employer Search Engine powered by the UK’s first National Employer Database (NED), a single source of verified employer names, covering 99% of all UK employees. This can be used to accurately capture and standardise relevant data and enables verified employment information to be collected to inform a credit decision.

Employers who want to check the previous employment history of a new employee, with consent can also use the solution, as well as those wanting to automate sharing of payroll information to reduce cost and help employees access workplace benefits and services.

 

Paul Speirs, Managing Director of Digital Consumer Information at Experian, said: “There is an on-going requirement for people to share their personal financial information to access services – whether that’s applying for a mortgage, a new job or renting a new property. Work Report™ enables people to share their payroll data quickly, conveniently, and securely with their consent. It helps them to get access to better value services and proactively manage their financial lives. We’re excited to be playing such a significant role in moving these processes into the digital age.”

New Experian research shows that 97% of people asked to share their payroll data in the last three years did so. It also identified a healthy appetite to share payroll data with 72% happy to share data in a mortgage application and over 40% in other types of loans. Three out of four consumers willingly share their data where the value exchange and incentive to share is clear.

Younger people are more likely to give consent for direct access to their payroll data with 45% of 18-24-year-olds saying they would, compared to 37% of people aged 45-54. This trend has increased through the pandemic as lenders have invested in their digital services and consumers move online to source financial products, rather than talking to a representative, or entering a branch.

The service is produced in partnership with global Fintech platform Salary Finance https://www.salaryfinance.com/uk/ and recently onboarded payroll software provider, Sage. Work Report will give the opportunity for 1 in 3 (over 10 million) employees to share their employment details.

 

Asesh Sarkar, Co-founder and Global CEO at Salary Finance, said: “Salary Finance is working with Experian to create a unique network that will provide direct connectivity – with a consumer’s consent – to their employer’s payroll system to confirm their gross and net income directly from their employer, as well as confirming their employer and length of employment. This makes the sharing of payroll data quicker, safer, and more secure and has the power to enhance lending decisions and improve financial inclusion. The network is growing rapidly, and we expect it to reach 2 in 3 UK consumers by December 2021.”

 

Aaron Harris, Chief Technical Officer at Sage, said: “Our mission at Sage is to build experiences that connect, remove friction, and deliver insights to the organisations that make up our network. Sage software pays around 25% of employees in the UK. Removing friction between employees and service providers will provide the lender with verified, accurate, payroll information when offering items such as tenancy agreements, mortgages, loans, and other financial products and services, and the employee with a digital proof of employment. This will enable access to credit, in a new, frictionless faster way generating value to both parties as a trusted payroll provider.

“This is an example of the way technology can deliver value and knock down barriers, allowing individuals to harness the power of their data. At the centre of this service are our customers, who always remain in control of their data, deriving value from being part of Sage’s digital network.”

The launch of Work Report™ takes Experian’s verification services beyond Open Banking connectivity with the ability to now connect to payroll providers directly helping more organisations provide faster, more accurate and bespoke decisions online.

It signals Experian’s commitment to support the UK government’s Open Finance initiative which will enable consumers to take control of their personal financial information, share verified data with third parties and get quicker access to better value financial services.

 

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OneID® is now a certified Digital Identity Service Provider (ISP) under the UK Digital Identity & Attributes Trust Framework (DIATF)

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  • OneID® is now a certified Digital Identity Service Provider (ISP) under the UK Digital Identity & Attributes Trust Framework (DIATF)
  • OneID® is the first provider with a 100% digital process to achieve this certification
  • OneID® is also the first ‘Scheme Owner’ to be certified against the DIATF for any roles

 

OneID® has today announced that it is now a certified Digital Identity Service Provider (ISP) under the UK Digital Identity & Attributes Trust Framework (DIATF), becoming the first provider with a 100% digital process to achieve this certification.

The firm is also the first Orchestration Service Provider (OSP) to receive certification. As an OSP, OneID® plays the role of a ‘hub’ to connect all of the UK’s high street banks with providers of any online journey that needs customers to identify themselves.

OneID® is also the first ‘Scheme Owner’ to be certified against the DIATF for any roles. OneID® operates a multi-sector scheme that enables bank customers to consent to safely share their bank-verified identity information. OneID® ensures that all businesses in the scheme have been vetted and are given the OneID® Trustmark so you know that the business you are dealing with online is legitimate.

OneID® is unique as it is the only fully digital identity service. The customer’s journey is friction-free and requires no app or account setup, no scanning of paper documentation or selfie-taking, and no data entry. The service enables safe and frictionless identity proving for over 40 million people in the UK. If your customer uses internet or mobile banking, they already have everything they need to use the OneID® service.

The certification of Digital Identity Providers under the UK Digital & Identity Attributes Trust Framework is a huge step forward in establishing a national approach for digital identity solutions in the UK. Enabling people to prove who they are online easily and securely, improving user experience, increasing security, and boosting the UK’s economic growth.

OneID®’s core aim is to enable trust, and the firm believes that a national approach is needed to ensure the internet becomes a truly safe and trusted place for individuals and businesses. This certification recognises OneID®’s part to play in that world.

Why choose a certified Identity Service Provider? 

Digital Identity is a fast and evolving market with many providers, offering a broad variety of solutions to digital identity which can be confusing. Selecting a certified identity service provider gives businesses assurance that their service provider has met or exceeded all the necessary criteria to provide a trusted digital identity service.

Certification provides assurance to businesses and individuals that OneID® meets relevant framework rules and the standards and Level of Confidence for identities as set out in the trust framework.

This assurance follows a rigorous audit process undertaken by the Digital Identity Systems Certification service authorised by DCMS and UKAS, giving the confidence that OneID® has passed all the necessary checks to be certified to provide a trusted digital identity to businesses and give the level of protection consumers of digital identity require.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks 

Temporary alternatives to face-to-face ID verification for employers were put in place by the Government during the pandemic; these were quickly adopted by employers who have seen the benefits of moving to remote screening. In April 2022, legislation came into effect allowing UK employers to use the services of digital Identity Service Providers (ISPs) to carry out DBS checks. The temporary legislation expires in September 2022, by which time employers will need to revert to physical forms of identity verification or adopt digital identity from a certified supplier.

OneID® provides a 100% digital identity without the need for physical documents, removing the friction from the DBS process and improving the security of the check by using bank-verified information to perform the check.

 

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Lack of corporate disclosures forces asset managers to cast a wide net for ESG data

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Buy-side financial services firms using an average of close to ten ESG sources today

 

More than seven out of ten (71%) of executives working for buy-side financial services firms across the UK, US and Asia say their organisation uses more than five ESG data sources. The average number of sources used by these businesses is 9.3, with the US using the most (9.7) and Asia with the least at 8.9.

These findings are among the highlights of new research commissioned by Alveo, a leading provider of cloud-based market data management services, polling executives working for buy-side financial services firms in the UK, US and Asia. In terms of ESG data set types, organisations across all three regions are using multiple types, but are utilising ESG ratings provided by third parties most. In all, just under three-quarters (74%) of respondents said that their organisations were using these ratings.

Mark Hepsworth

The most common response in all three regions is to have between 6-10 ESG data sources, with corporate disclosures being the least common data source cited. External ratings is the most common, with far more use of sentiment data in the US when compared to the UK or Asia.

57% of firms overall are currently using third party expert opinions on factual information such as carbon emissions, but Asia respondents have more frequently centralized ESG data management with 68% of respondents in Asia stating there is a dedicated and separate ESG team in place that owns this data, compared to 52% in the US and 46% in the UK.

What is clear is that firms need to cast a wide net to get the ESG data they require including external ratings, expert opinions and sentiment data to supplement corporate disclosures.

“Asset management firms are looking to materially ramp up their ESG data management to fast-track the supply of consistent, aggregated ESG content to different stakeholders. Firms are looking to make use of the latest technologies for ESG data analysis but material issues in data quality can hamper the effectiveness of these. Drawing on the services of an expert solutions provider and adopting Data-as-a-Service models may prove to be the best route to address these,” said Mark Hepsworth CEO at Alveo.

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