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HireRight, a leading provider of employment background checks, recently announced findings from its 10th Annual  Employment Screening Benchmark Survey.

While current employees present significant ongoing organizational risk due to their access to company assets, customers, and other employees, the survey found that 48% of employers do not re-screen their personnel post-hire – surprisingly only a 5% decrease from five years ago (53%), despite the opportunity that re-screening offers organizations to reduce their operating risk. For those businesses that do re-screen, the majority do so when employees are promoted or change roles. Just 10% of respondents re-screen contingent and/or contract workers – down significantly from 31% in 2013.

The benchmark survey also revealed several key trends over the last decade, including:

  • Candidates, even at the highest seniority levels, are regularly embellishing their resumes.
    • 85% of survey respondents uncovered a lie or misrepresentation on a candidate’s resume or job application during the screening process – up from 66% five years ago.
    • 77% said screening uncovered an issue with a candidate’s background that would not have been caught otherwise.
    • Yet, only 49% of respondents verify candidates’ education credentials today, despite the many headlines in recent years of executive-level scandals involving falsified degrees.
  • More organizations are employing contingent, contract, or temporary workers to meet hiring demands – and screening this population has become commonplace.
    • 24% of respondents said 40% or more of their workforce comprises non-employees.
    • Five years ago, only 41% said they screened contingent and/or temporary workers. Today, that percentage is up to 86%.
  • Talent acquisition and retention have become a bigger challenge.
    • In 2009, only 29% of respondents cited “talent management” as their top business challenge. In 2017, 62% reported “finding qualified job candidates” as their top business challenge.
    • In 2017, 62% of respondents plan to invest in finding qualified candidates, 60% in retaining employees, and 35% in improving the candidate experience from application through onboarding.

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Survey Methodology  The HireRight 2017 Employment Screening Benchmark Report is based on a survey of nearly 4,000 human resources, recruiting, security, and management professionals. The report provides a view of the current hiring landscape, indicates market trends, and identifies common gaps in employers’ screening and hiring processes.

Source:  SHRM.com, businesswire.com, hireright.com/benchmarking