HireRight releases 2010 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report

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Updated Jul 2, 2010

HireRight, a provider of on-demand employment background screening and drug screening, announced the availability of the 2010 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, which the company says uncovers common screening policies, practices and trends that can assist organizations of all sizes in evaluating, developing and improving their screening programs.

HireRight says this third annual edition of the report is based on a comprehensive survey of human resources, security and other business professionals from organizations representing companies from a wide range of industries with offices around the world. The report uncovers significant business drivers and industry trends.

Some of the key findings revealed in the 2010 report are:
• 90 percent reported they expect to hire or that their work force will not be reduced in the coming months, indicating a general optimism about the future business environment.
• 69 percent reported personally catching a candidate lying on his or her resume.
• Only one third of respondents screen contingent labor, representing a substantial security gap.
• Those who currently conduct or plan to conduct global screening more than doubled from 2009 (11 percent) to 2010 (25 percent), indicating that more organizations are incorporating international screening into their programs and policies as the growth of enabling technologies and services make screening around the globe more accessible, timely and cost-effective.

The report also includes key findings on the:
• Primary reasons for employment screening;
• Impact of evolving regulatory and compliance legislation on screening; and
• Current trends in emerging issues such as social media screening and drug screening policies addressing medicinal marijuana usage.

“The Benchmarking Report provides employers with a valuable hard-to-find view of the screening practices of other organizations,” says Rob Pickell, senior vice president of customer solutions at HireRight. “In addition, the Report reveals market trends, current business drivers, common gaps and best practices, helping employers identify areas of strength and weakness in their background screening, drug screening and employment eligibility programs.”

The 2010 HireRight Background Screening Benchmarking Report is based on survey responses to dozens of questions from more than 1,800 participants, representing employers around the globe. The employers ranged in size from less than 49 employees to more than 25,000, across all major industry categories. To download a copy of the 2010 Employment Screening Benchmarking report, go to www.hireright.com/benchmarking.