Industry Fast Facts

HireRight works to help prevent risks that companies face in the workplace every day. Read the statistics below to see why a partnership with HireRight is important to the success of your organization.

False Information

  • 63% of all job applications contain inaccurate information.1
  • 85% of employers catch candidates lying on their applications.2
  • 21% of job applicants falsely claim they have a college degree.3
  • 33% of job applicants misrepresent job descriptions.3
  • Nearly one-third of job applications alter the dates of their employment.3

Form I-9 Penalties

  • 8 million unauthorized immigrants were either working or looking for work in the United States in FY 2014.4
  • DHS issued 643 final fine orders and fined companies a total of $16.28 million for hiring unauthorized immigrants in the FY 2014.5


  • More than 70% of substance abusers are employed.6
  • Drug abuse and addiction cost American companies $81 billion every year.6
  • 11.4 million people (4.2% of the population of the United States) misuse opioids.7
  • In October 2017, the president of the United States declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency.8
  • Substance abusers are at least 33% less productive.9
  • Substance abusers miss more than 50% more work days than average workers.10
  • 81% of employers do not have a comprehensive drug-free workplace policy in place.7

Employee Theft

  • In 2017, 33.2% of inventory shrink was due to employee/internal theft.11
  • In 2017, the average employee theft case was $1,203.16.11
  • 30% of all business failures are caused by employee theft.12
  • Inventory shrink of all types is trending upwards, with 20% of all surveyed reporting they theft have experienced inventory shrink at 2% of sales or more.11
  • 75 % of all cases of employee theft and other crimes go unnoticed.13
  • 75% of all employees steal at least once.13

Bad Hires

  • The average cost of a new employee is $57,968, not including training costs.14
  • The average settlement of a negligent hiring lawsuit is nearly $1 million.15
  • Employers have lost more than 75% of negligent hiring cases.16
  • It costs $7,000 to replace a salaried employee, $10,000 to replace a mid-level employee, and $40,000 to replace a senior executive.17
  • The cost of a bad hiring decision can be as high as $240,000.15
  • 23% of new businesses that fail site poor hiring as the main reason for their failure.18



    False Information

  1. HireRight, Candidate Health Check: Application Errors Up in 2015, 2015,
  2. 2018 Employment Screening Benchmark Report, 2018,
  3. The Dishonest Tradition of Fudging the Facts on a Resume, Business2Community, 2013,!bjmAxY

  4. Form I-9 Penalties

  5. Pew Research Center, Size of U.S. Unauthorized Immigrant Workforce Stable After the Great Recession, 2016,
  6. To Tackle Illegal Immigration, Go After the Employers, The Hill, Nolan Rappaport, 2017,

  7. Drugs

  8. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, as reported by Addiction Center, Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace, 2018,
  9. Society for Human Resource Management, Marijuana Laws, Opioid Crisis Prompt Workplace Policy Updates, Lisa Nagele-Piazza, 2018,
  10. Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, by SAMHSA, 2017,
  11. National Business Group on Health, An Employer’s Guide to Workplace Substance Abuse: Strategies and Treatment Recommendations, 2009,
  12.  National Safety Council, NORC at University of Chicago, Drugs at Work: What Employers Need to Know, 2017,

  13. Employee Theft

  14. National Retail Federation Security Survey, 2018,
  15. American Management Association and US Chamber of Commerce as reported by Business Practical Knowledge, Employee Theft, 2012,
  16. U.S Chamber of Commerce as reported by Business Practical Knowledge, Employee Theft, 2012,

  17. Bad Hires

  18. Undercover Recruiter, What is the True Cost of Hiring a Bad Employee?, 2016,
  19. Society of Human Resources Management, The Cost of a Bad Hire Can Be Astronomical, 2017,
  20. Zurich, Negligent Hiring: How to Reduce Your Chances of Hiring a Claim, 2010,
  21. Recruiting Times, Replacing Staff Costs Business 4.1 Billion a Year, 2015,
  22. Forbes, Top 20 Reasons Why Startups Fail, 2016,