I accepted an offer in the financial sector in the UK.
The offer is contingent on successfully passing the background checks, which are carried out by a third party. The background process has been ongoing during seven weeks, which I find excessive.
I have submitted many documents and references, and they keep always moving the goalposts, asking for more and more documents and references. From bank account statements to letters of service, HR and manager contacts in my previous and current roles, authorisation to obtain all university records... nothing is enough. They have even contacted my current employer.
I think at this point that they don't trust me, clearly, they don't take anything I say at face value. The latest drop in the glass is asking for one payslip for each year I have worked for during the last eight years with my current and former employer. Honestly, I think that mapping my whole compensation across this period of time is too much and unheard of. Specially if the stated purpose is to verify the employment dates.
I am considering replying saying that they already have a wealth of information to make a very informed decision, and not provide any payslips. The only valid alternative that they might accept is a HMRC Employment History Letter.
Do you find this standard practice or do I have a thin skin? Isn't salary information confidential?
Update: apparently my past employer has already shared my salary with them, without me even knowning. We live in 1984.