Background Check Statistics

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Substance Abuse in the Workplace

  • Americans consume 60 percent of the world’s production of illegal drugs: 23 million use marijuana at least four times a week; 18 million abuse alcohol; 6 million regularly use cocaine; and 2 million use heroin.
  • More than 70 percent of substance abusers hold jobs; one worker in four, ages 18 to 34, used drugs in the past year; and one in three knows of drug sales in the workplace
  • American Council for Drug Education
  • Workers reporting substance use and abuse have higher rates of turnover and absenteeism
  • Workers reporting past-month illicit drug use or dependence on or abuse of alcohol or illicit drugs were also more likely to have missed more than two days of work due to illness or injury in the past month
  • Division of Workplace Programs in the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Cost of Turnover

  • The Employment Policy Foundation states it costs a company an average of $15,000 per employee, including separation costs, paperwork, unemployment; vacancy costs, including overtime or temporary employees and replacement costs including advertisement, interview time, relocation, training and decreased productivity when colleagues depart. Providing a stimulating workplace environment, which fosters happy, motivated and empowered individuals, lowers employee turnover cost and absentee rates
  • Employee Pride Goes Wide. (2005, February 2). Graphic Arts Monthly

Employee Theft

  • 69,373 employees were arrested for workplace theft in 2010
  • Over $44 million was recovered from employee arrests in 2010
  • One in every 33.2 employees was apprehended for theft from their employer in 2010
  • On a per case average, dishonest employees steal 5.9 times the amount stolen by shoplifters ($639.99 vs $108.46)
  • Hayes International, Inc.

Training and Recruiting Costs

  • American Society for Training and Development estimates that U.S. organizations spent $125.88 billion on employee learning and development in 2009
  • The average cost per hire (costs associated with sourcing, recruiting, and staffing activities) was $3,196, a 62% increase from 2010
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Trends with Background checks

  • Nine percent of background checks contained an adverse record (concerning criminal history, credit and driving records)
  • Forty-six percent of reference and credential verifications revealed a discrepancy between information provided by candidates and what the screening revealed
  • More than one-third of driving record checks showed “one or more violation(s) or conviction(s)
  • Approximately six percent of criminal history background checks revealed a criminal record within the last seven years (out of 1.7 million checks performed)
  • ADP Screening Index