How important is background screening?

A broad majority (70%) of employers around the world have uncovered issues with job candidates that may have gone unnoticed without background screening.

“With every new hire without background screening, there are risks involved with the possibility of hiring a candidate who is not what they claim to be”   

Common issues uncovered in background screening include falsified identities, misreported job histories, and discrepancies in educational qualifications.

In particular, a “major area” of potential exposure to APAC employers, as just 28% rescreen employees either periodically or when being promoted or changing roles. “An employee’s personal history may have changed in a way that could affect their abilities or behavior within the workplace.”

Results also showed that more organizations are utilizing non-employee, contingent, contract or temporary workers to meet hiring demands – but screening this population has not yet become commonplace.

75% of employers do not perform background screening of non-employees – “despite the fact that these workers have the same access as would a traditional employee to office premises, sensitive data, and clients.”

Separate research in 2016 found that 21.5% of job applications in the Asia Pacific region submit inaccurate background information. The figure is almost thrice the global average (9.7%) but is still lower than the previous year’s 29%.

Japan had the highest rate of discrepancies (33.9%), while the Philippines notched the biggest drop from 47.6% to 29.8%.

Source: HDR Mag, 

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