No there is no background checks.
Yes they do - I believe between 2-4 weeks
Yes your checked out through a government department incase royalty pop in to do some shopping.
Yes - Harrods require at least 3 years of references which are quick to process.
Yes you will be discretely followed for 3 days 24/7 and checked out with special branch
I have never came across pre-employment background checks
Not as far as i know but they do have an induction process that involves submitting your passport
A background check is required. The job is offered to the candidate, the candidate accepts, then the check is completed usually within the first month of work.
Lots of through checks done by Harrods but they are a fast and efficient team.