I have been contracting for several years and I have signed a new contract which started last week and should run for 2 months, possibly more if I am lucky.
The recruiter I am working with are asking for perfectly normal things (PI Insurance, Passport scan to prove my eligibility to work in the UK), in addition they say they require 5 years worth of references. As I have been contracting that would actually cover 5 different referees, which seems excessive to me.
I suppose if I had worked for the same company for 5 years then asking for a second referee prior to that seems fair.
They are also asking for a personal reference, which is absolutely no problem but makes the addition of 5 years worth of professional referees seem excessive.
My concern is that as they are a recruiter this is simply a way of bloating their database with people to contact without my permission, but kind of on the sly.
Does anyone have any evidence to support this?