HireRight report reveals EMEA companies are at risk of reputational damage

These discrepancies are being identified at all candidate position seniority levels: 59 per cent at junior staff levels, 55 per cent at mid-staff levels, and 34 per cent at senior staff levels.

Steve Girdler, Managing Director for EMEA at HireRight comments: “With uncertainty being the business watchword of 2017, our report reveals where HR departments across the region will be focused over the next year. We are seeing a notable shift in screening practises across the region, with an increase in companies conducting candidate due diligence, and doing so more often and in greater depth.”

James Randall, Sales Manager for HireRight Middle East explains that, “Two key external pressures appear to be driving this shift in focus. First, increased regulation in the financial services industry is having an impact across all levels of seniority. Second, scandals are only a mouse click or phone snap away, thus further increasing the importance of minimising the risk of bringing the wrong people into an organisation.”

The HireRight report further reveals that despite the current economic and political backdrop, HR professionals remain positive, with nearly three fifths (59 per cent) of survey respondents expecting to grow their workforce this year. However, this optimism is tempered by only moderate growth – just one-fifth (22 per cent) of respondends plan to grow staff numbers by six per cent or more. FULL ARTICLE

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