I have been sorting through a number of recruitment agents in the UK with a view to joining and only occasionally do I find they ask for details up front or have a registration process. In one case, asking for proof of qualifications up front which I can understand. One though asks for the usual proof of id, qualification and references, but also bank details. I can only assume this is for instances when they pass money on to you or act as your employer such as an umbrella company.

The reason they give is It is our obligation under the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 1976 to ensure that anyone placed in work has proven their legal right to work in the UK...

Of course, I have written to them asking for clarification, but Is there anyone who has experience of this type of arrangement and can attest to their stated reasons?