First Advantage, a global leader in background check and drug screening solutions, today released the results of its “2019 Top Screening Trends & Insights” State of the Industry report. After surveying enterprise customers and cross-referencing their responses with aggregated data from more than 66 million annual global searches, First Advantage was able to identify the key trends driving the employment background screening industry.
Available as a five-part series, the initial findings reveal lessons learned such as the need to balance risk and speed (with healthcare indicating the most concern about risk mitigation and retail requiring speed) and seasonal hiring spikes including increases in the retail, business services and transportation sectors each fall. Other compelling findings include:
First Advantage’s analysis also uncovered global developments, which are especially relevant to multinational organizations seeking to ensure a consistent candidate experience. The upward trend includes 12 percent more ordering former employment internationally; 16 percent more ordering criminal record searches; 15 percent more ordering education verifications internationally and 8 percent more ordering government ID internationally.
Additional criminal monitoring trends are cited, especially those relevant to diminishing the impact of “state jumping.” For example, since the healthcare industry participates in federal programs including Medicare and Medicaid, the need to check for criminal convictions across states necessitates a deeper screening process. Yet, respondents across all industries indicated 21 percent only check a candidate’s current address; 10 percent check all addresses for the past five years; and 26 percent check all addresses for the past seven years.
CEO Scott Staples said, “Companies compete aggressively for qualified talent, making screening turnaround time a crucial factor in advancing an offer. At the same time, balancing risk to support workplace safety, reputation management and alignment with legislative and other requirements necessitates comprehensive screening practices. Our 2019 trends report provides valuable insights for organizations seeking best practices and benchmarking data.”
The report is available for a limited time on a complimentary basis. To download your copy, please visit http://bit.ly/2019_FirstAdvantage_Trends_Pt1.