10th Annual HireRight Benchmark Survey Finds 48 Percent of Employers Do Not Rescreen Employees, Despite Prevalence of Organizational Risk

Regularly-scheduled follow-up background checks can help protect employees, customers, and company assets

IRVINE, Calif., April 19, 2017 – HireRight, a leading provider of global employment background checks, drug and health screening, and electronic Form I-9 and E-Verify solutions, today announced findings from its 10th Annual HireRight Employment Screening Benchmark Survey. HireRight’s report explores key issues, trends, and underlying business drivers affecting background check programs of U.S. organizations, and compares these findings to survey results over the last decade.

For example, although current employees present significant ongoing organizational risk due to their access to company assets, customers and other employees, the HireRight survey found that 48% of employers do not rescreen their personnel post-hire – surprisingly only a 5% decrease from five years ago (53%), despite the opportunity that rescreening offers organizations to reduce their operating risk. For those businesses that do rescreen, the majority do so when employees are promoted or change roles.  Just 10% of respondents rescreen contingent and/or contract workers – down significantly from 31% in 2013. 

The benchmark survey also revealed several key trends over the last decade, including: 

“The hiring landscape has changed dramatically since the financial crisis of 2008. Organizations are now competing for the most qualified candidates and therefore putting greater emphasis on creating a positive onboarding experience, which includes the background check process,” said Mary O’Loughlin, vice president of global customer experience and product management at HireRight. “Despite pressures to hire quickly, organizations should not overlook the importance of instituting a thorough background check process that includes creating a global policy, rescreening current employees, and ensuring a rigorous screening process for senior executives.”

To explore more key findings and trends, including best practices in background screening and drug testing, visit: www.hireright.com/benchmarking

Survey Methodology
The HireRight 2017 Employment Screening Benchmark Report is based on a survey of nearly 4,000 human resources, recruiting, security, and management professionals.  The report provides a view of the current hiring landscape, indicates market trends and identifies common gaps in employers’ screening and hiring processes.

About HireRight
HireRight delivers global background checks, drug testing, employment, and education verification services through an innovative platform to help companies hire the right candidates, so they can grow successfully, and efficiently—no matter their size or where they operate. HireRight offers extensive screening solutions that can be tailored to the unique needs of the organization, giving employers additional peace of mind about their people and vetting processes. HireRight’s platform can be integrated with existing HR platforms, making it easy to use and giving candidates the best possible experience.

HireRight is headquartered in Irvine, CA, with offices across the globe. Learn more at www.HireRight.com