Originally Posted by hellosailor
I've heard it said many times that in the UK there's no stigma to being charged with assault and battery--it just means you were in a pub brawl and got caught. In the US, a&b would get your resume trashed in most companies. (Dunno how true or accurate that is, just saying there are differences in charges and reports and cultures.)
I take the thrust of what you saying.
In my little part of the UK, and IME I would say that this would be broadly true, albeit depending on your job, whether jail time was involved, how long ago it was and whether you had a "good story" (whether true or not
).......plus whether you had good things going for you. It would not be an automatic no no.
I think in the UK we especially have a tendency to forgive / let slide stuff folk did in their youth /early adulthood.........maybe on the basis that "their but for the grace of god go I"??
Interestingly enough I have only ever been asked for a Police Check (of my Criminal Record) once. and that was on contract
and a few years ago and I work in Financial Services doing work in an area that I would easily understand if it was a requirement.........in fact i am still quite surprised it isn't - of course the question of actual identity is not really a problem here (last place I rolled up at - I knew from other work places 5/ 6 people from over 20 years and also 1 from school! - and that excludes husbands and wives and other family
members I have worked with - their is 90,000 odd people here, but it can be a very small world!)