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The Work Number is a database that organizations can use to verify employment and income information. The Work Number is the largest central repository of payroll information in the United States, with over 2.5 million employers including small, medium, and Fortune 500 companies contributing payroll records.
The information on The Work Number database is provided by nearly 2.5 million employers who rely on Equifax Verification Services to fulfill income and employment verifications on behalf of their employees. These verifications are used to provide consumers with access to the credit and services they deserve.
Each record available via The Work Number describes an individual’s employment with a specific employer. The Work Number currently provides access to more than 119 million active records, and growing. One person may have multiple employment records on the database. For example, if someone has held several jobs, there may be records of employment with multiple employers, including current and previous employers.
Equifax receives new information directly from employers' payroll systems on a per-pay-period basis — each time an employer runs payroll. Employers send us information in a secure, specified file format at specified time intervals. That information is instantly loaded into Equifax employment and income database, The Work Number. This helps ensure that current information, as provided by employers, is available to credentialed businesses that need help verifying employment for a mortgage or other types of lending.
Equifax Verification Services helps organizations verify applicant income and employment information. The employment and income records on The Work Number database are provided by more than one million small, medium, and large employers nationwide and are updated each payroll cycle. The Work Number database can be accessed through system-to-system integration, via batch processes or by logging into our website.
The employment and income information is updated by employers each pay cycle.
A verifier is a person or organization that needs to verify a borrower or applicant’s employment or income information. Only credentialed verifiers with a permissible purpose under the FCRA are allowed to access the income and employment information on The Work Number database.
Hundreds of thousands of verifiers from a wide range of industries use The Work Number.