HireRight Report Reveals Companies Across the EMEA Region Still at Risk of Reputational Damage

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  • 73% of companies surveyed identified candidate employment history discrepancies that would have gone undiscovered without the use of background screening

Dubai: HireRight, the global candidate due diligence company, today released its latest EMEA Employment Screening Benchmark Report, which presents survey results from EMEA region employers. The report finds that three quarters (73%) of companies with background screening programs have uncovered candidate employment history discrepancies during the course of conducting candidate checks.

These discrepancies are being identified at all candidate position seniority levels: 59% at junior staff levels, 55% at mid-staff levels, and 34% at senior staff levels.

Steve Girdler, Managing Director for EMEA at HireRight comments: “With uncertainty being the business watchword of 2017, our report reveals where HR departments across the region will be focused over the next year.

We are seeing a notable shift in screening practices across the region, with an increase in companies conducting candidate due diligence, and doing so more often and in greater depth.”

James Randall, Sales Manager for HireRight Middle East explains that, “Two key external pressures appear to be driving this shift in focus. First, increased regulation in the financial services industry is having an impact across all levels of seniority. Second, scandals are only a mouse click or phone snap away, thus further increasing the importance of minimising the risk of bringing the wrong people into an organisation”

The HireRight report further reveals that despite the current economic and political backdrop, HR professionals remain positive, with nearly three fifths (59%) of survey respondents expecting to grow their workforce this year. However, this optimism is tempered by only moderate growth – just one-fifth (22%) of respondends plan to grow staff numbers by 6% or more.

About the research:

The 2017 HireRight EMEA Employment Screening Benchmark Report is based on 2,897 respondents globally. The information provided in this report reflects information provided by EMEA based organisations only.

About HireRight:

HireRight Ltd. is a leading global provider of candidate due diligence services, providing background screening of employees and job applicants in order to help organisations mitigate employee risk, and make informed hiring decisions.

The HireRight family of companies works in more than 200 countries and territories, and has offices across the globe, including the UK, USA, and Hong Kong. One fifth of the FTSE100 and fifty percent of the Fortune 100 use HireRight’s services.