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The new HireRight 2011 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report shows a modest continuation of hiring and retention optimism that began in 2010. Ninety percent of organizations surveyed expect no decline in their workforce this year, and 51 percent anticipate an increase in hiring as compared to only 43 percent last year.

According to the report, anticipated hiring will primarily consist of full-time employees instead of contingent labor, which is consistent with past job recovery trends.

With the need to hire full-time employees moving front and center, the role of background screening in the hiring process is being emphasized by organizations.

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Source: HireRight 2011 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report

Survey respondents placed the finding and retaining of quality talent as their top current talent management challenge, and the reduction in time-to-hire was their primary screening challenge.

Stressing the importance of screening practices in making quality hiring decisions, nearly half of respondents indicated they conduct employment background and drug screening to improve quality-of-hire.

Screening can also be looked at as an effort to verify and uncover key facts about an applicant, and this year, a large majority of organizations report having encountered applicant fabrication of information during the hiring process.

Respondents reported a slight decrease in negative incidents in the workplace, which may reflect the increased use of screening in hiring.

Valuable survey statistics on employment issues such as workplace violence, achieving compliance, companies’ programs for drug and alcohol testing, global screening, social media use, and policies on screening non-employees are just some of the other topics covered in the report.

About the Report
The 2011 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmarking Report helps employers gain a better understanding of what their peers are dealing with and how other organizations construct and operate their employment screening and eligibility programs. It is based on survey responses to dozens of questions from nearly 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.

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