ADP Screening and Selection Services, Fort Collins, CO, has released its eighth annual Hiring Index, a yearly evaluation of hiring trends and issues. This year’s study shows a 16 percent increase in the number of background checks performed in 2004 (4.36 million versus 3.76 million in 2003), the seventh consecutive year of increased usage of pre-employment screening services. The number of checks performed has more than tripled since ADP began compiling the Hiring Index in 1997.
The Hiring Index specifically measures criminal records, employment history, education and credential records, as well as driving, credit and workers’ compensation claim records. The Index is based on computerized calculations of background checks completed by ADP, and highlights areas in which screening can help employers by showing where data inconsistencies on a candidate’s résumé can exist. ADP’s Hiring Index is available by industry and by employer size.
BACKGROUND CHECKSThe results of ADP’s background checks performed for employers in the retail industry.
• Reference Verifications: 51 percent of employment, education and/or credential reference checks revealed a difference of information between what the applicant provided and what the source reported.
• Credit Records: 47 percent of credit records showed a judgment, lien or bankruptcy, or that the applicant had been reported to a collection agency.
• Driving Records: 35 percent of applicants had one or more violations or convictions on their driving records.
• Workers’ Compensation Claims: Among checks to see if the applicant had a previous workers’ compensation claim, eight percent showed the existence of one.
• Criminal Records: Seven percent of records checked revealed the existence of a criminal record within the last seven years.
Source: ADP Screening and Selection Services Hiring Index