A new partnership between Pagabo and Construct.id is set to make digital identity even more prominent in the United Kingdom’s construction sector. Pagabo offers a procurement service for public sector organizations, while Construct.id is a digital platform aimed at the construction industry that collects worker identity information and professional credentials into a single, trusted digital ID.
The Construct.id platform is meant to address industry issues such as modern slavery, data silos, lengthy onboarding, and fraudulent credentials. Through the new partnership, all construction companies involved in a Pagabo-procured project will be required to use Construct.id for worker identification checks by the end of this year.
The Construct.id platform enables contractors to establish site standards across their supply chains, and to offer subcontractors clarity about those standards. It also is designed to send out notifications when credentials have expired. The platform facilitates worker identity verification by providing right-to-work checks based on government standards.
“In a nutshell, we have created a platform that can connect any credentials across the industry and place these with the worker,” explained Construct.id Managing Director Martin Ward. “We then allow contractors to set credential standards needed to attend site and match the two. This massively improves transparency and removes lengthy onsite verification, as the credentials are verified at source.”
The partnership with Pagabo marks a significant step forward for Construct.id, which is already backed by industry leaders such as contractor Willmott Dixon. The platform’s founders hope to work with awarding bodies to transfer traditional paper certificates into online credentials to support the entire supply chain. Ward added, “If you’re already using digital credentials, we want to work together to provide a single source of data for the betterment of all.”
While the Construct.id does not use biometrics for worker verification, its growing prominence tracks with the emergence of selfie-based employee verification solutions under the UK’s recent digital identity frameworks. Yoti, for example, announced a background check partnership under the UK Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework (DIATF) earlier this year, and that was followed by a background check partnership between Mitek and Vetting.com.