HireRight, a leading provider of global employment background checks, drug testing, education verification, E-Verify solutions, and other workforce solutions, announced today the release of its 2020 Global Employment Screening Benchmark Report. The report is based on the findings of HireRight’s 13 th Annual Benchmarking survey, with almost 1,700 Human Resources professionals worldwide contributing to the survey with their insights, providing a global view of the background screening landscape.
Among key take-aways, the survey found that:
32% of participating global companies do not conduct checks on any of their extended workforce
54% of responding employers around the globe are finding discrepancies in their candidates’ employment histories
68% of participating global enterprises verify their candidates’ education credentials, compared to just 39% of small/medium-sized businesses (SMBs) who do the same
The report reveals that despite the rapid growth of the gig and remote working economy, only 48% of businesses perform background checks on their temporary workers, and even fewer screen their independent contractors, interns, and volunteers, despite them potentially having the same access to sensitive information as their permanent workforce.
This data comes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has driven remote working to unprecedented levels, raising concerns about the security processes in place to protect businesses from the new potential threats of having a large mobile workforce. The findings of the report suggest that rescreening your existing workforce could be a possible solution, with 48% of businesses globally reporting that they benefited from more consistent safety and security as a result of employment screening. FULL RELEASE