FREE Download - Background Check Services: Trends and Uses

Back to blog
Posted by: David Garcia July 21, 2020

Professional background checks are key to help safeguard today’s increasingly globalized workforce. A new survey from the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) affirms that nearly all organizations utilize background check services. This report reveals emerging trends in who is being screened and how often, what elements go into a background check and the increasing value of international screening capabilities.

The 2020 PBSA background screening survey results indicate that the reasons for conducting background checks are largely the same as previous years. The top three reasons for conducting background checks are: protecting the safety of employees and customers (83%), improving the quality of hires (51%), and mandated by law/regulations (40%).

This year’s survey also saw considerable increases in the number of organizations that screen other types of individuals, including part-time employees, contingent/temporary workers, volunteers and vendor representatives. This could indicate that employers increasingly realize the importance and accessibility of background screening and are applying it accordingly. It could also mean that organizations are now hiring a larger number of individuals who are not traditional full-time employees, as would befit the “Gig Economy” moniker applied to U.S. workforce trends in recent years.

The survey also found that background checks are becoming more robust. Employers are checking significantly more employees and also including more elements of non-criminal records checks. These checks can include employment verification, social media searches, credit reports and professional license verification.

This is great information as you work with a background check vendor to develop the right mix of services for your program.  The goal is to provide the best background check to meet your organization’s needs.

If you currently operate a background check program as an employer or a partner, please click here to access this valuable information.

If you would like to learn more about background checks, please visit our resources page at ScoutLogic Background Check Resources.

“Background Screening: Trends and Uses in Today’s Global Economy”

Download Now

Latest blog posts
March 27, 2024
How To Prove Constructive Dismissal
Constructive dismissal, sometimes known as constructive termination or constructive discharge, is when an employee resigns from their position because they feel they have been a...
March 25, 2024
Cyber Security Background Checks
Careers in cyber security can be very lucrative, as these positions pay well and have a lot of upward mobility, making them attractive career choices. Cyber security professionals are...
March 19, 2024
Can You Ask Someone About Their Background Check?
Background checks are routine for businesses vetting candidates during the hiring process. But it's vital that employers follow the rules on what they can and cannot ask about, and...
March 16, 2024
5 Best Background Check Services for Employers in 2024
The proper background check service can make the difference between a seamless hiring process and an issue that jeopardizes your company's reputation and security. For employers and...
March 14, 2024
What Do Hiring Managers See in a Background Check? 
Background checks protect companies against bad hires by reducing the likelihood of selecting the wrong candidate. Most employers use background checks before they hire, but they can...
Looking for a better background check company? Start by preparing with this free guide.

Download this free guide to go into the searching process prepared. This guide includes actionable steps to:

  • Gather your requirements
  • Determine vendors
  • Check references
  • Determine success metrics
get a free e-book

Get a free e-book