Singapore, 16 October, 2019 – More than 4 in 5 (83%) APAC organisations are expecting an increase in employees in the coming 12 months, according to the 2019 APAC Employment Screening Benchmark Report by HireRight, a leading provider of global employment background checks.
The annual report polled more than 4,000 Human Resources professionals worldwide, including over 600 in the APAC region. Over a third of APAC respondents (34%) deemed finding, developing and retaining talent as one of their top 3 business challenges of 2019, ahead of maintaining a competitive edge (21%) and growing revenues (19%).
Changes in background screening processes
The pressure to fill the talent pipeline is leading to changes in screening processes across the region. Three quarters (76%) of organisations in Asia Pacific conduct checks on all job candidates, with a massive 72% of respondents reporting that screening helps them assure better quality candidates and half (48%) grateful for the more consistent safety and security it affords.
Compared to last year, there has been a 13% increase in education checks (78%). Other common checks include employment (86%) and criminal (59%) – a trend consistent with previous years as awareness around background screening grows in the region.
Potential risks APAC organisations face
However, the report also identified big drops in professional license (-29%) and credit (-31%) checks – potentially exposing organisations to significant risks. The number of criminal (35%) and identity checks (27%) conducted in the region for international candidates was significantly lower than the global numbers of 56% and 34% respectively.
In addition, candidate discrepancies continue to cause headaches in HR, with over three in five (61%) of respondents revealing that they had uncovered issues through screening candidates that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.
Ko Hui Yen, General Manager, APAC at HireRight, comments:
“With the positive hiring outlook for the year ahead, it is more important than ever for HR professionals to employ and retain talent. A majority of organisations in Asia Pacific are recognising the benefits background screening provides, but there still exists room for improvement.
“By leveraging a robust and consistent background screening process, organisations can be assured of their quality of hires, improve company reputation, and ensure all candidates are treated fairly in the recruitment process.”