Delayed DBS checks by Thames Valley Police could be costing Milton Keynes residents thousands of jobs.
Thames Valley Police take on average 22.6 days to run a DBS check - the fifth slowest force in England.
The top five quickest forces, take on average 4.2 days.
This slow turn around is potentially costing MK residents their ‘dream job’ if a DBS check is not passed quickly enough.
The damning report was published by uCheck, who carry out Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
The new information reveals just how long a DBS check – a criminal police check that is mandatory for people wishing to work with children or vulnerable adults – takes to be processed across the UK.
Londoners looking to start their new role might need to hold fire as they wait on average 109 days to get clearance.
A spokesperson from TMX Healthcare Ltd, said: “Long delays with DBS clearance have caused issues with our members of staff who are already employed and need their DBS checks renewed.
“We are finding employees needing a new DBS check are taking the proper measures and applying for their renewal three months in advance of expiry, only to wait for nine months for their new check to come through – this leaves the company to have to terminate or suspend their role.
“The process is costing our business vast amounts of money while we fill their role temporarily or on occasion permanently.”
Visit https://www.ucheck.co.uk/dbs-check-turnaround-times-an-infographic/ for more details.