The Work Number is used to verify employment or income information. It is used by mortgage companies and by pre-employment screeners. Verification is required when a person applies for a job, leases an apartment or applies for a loan.
The Work Number is a database and is owned by Equifax Inc. It supplies verification information on a persons employment and income.
It can provide different kinds of verification depending on the request. As a job seeker, a new employer may want to check an applicants employment history. A prospective home buyer will need to supply financial background to qualify for a loan from a mortgage lender. It is also required when there is an update to immigration status.
The Work Number is also used when a person applies for public aid from a social service agency. In order to access a work number, prior authorization is required. It is only available when someone gives permission such as applying for a loan. When an employer wants to use The Work Number, it is necessary to create a secure account for the employee. Employees can also get notification every time a request is made regarding employment history. The information regarding employment history can be accessed by employees by requesting a copy of their Employment Data Report.