The Impact of Impending Brexit on Background Screening

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In June 2016, when Britain voted to leave the EU, everyone wanted to know what that would mean for them both in their personal life, and in their career. Background screening is no different and with so much still unknown, predicting life post-Brexit is still a challenge for all industries. But we asked senior HR professionals for their opinion on what they thought Brexit would mean for the background screening industry.

Perhaps the most surprising result from HireRight’s 2017 EMEA Employment Screening Benchmark Report was that 59% of those asked still plan to increase their workforce in the coming year, albeit moderately, with just 22% saying the increase would be by 6% or more.

Despite the plans to still increase the workforce in the year ahead, 49% believed that the UK was now a less attractive place to hire, with 4% going as far as saying they were discussing stopping hiring in the UK altogether as a result of Brexit.

Unsurprisingly, many expect regulations to increase in complexity, with 62% believing it will become more difficult to carry out thorough and compliant screening once the UK leaves the EU.

Uncertainty is the watchword of 2017, and Brexit is a driving force behind that. With so many unknowns ahead, making good hiring decisions and knowing who you are hiring may become more important than ever.

Find out more trends and challenges in background screening in our 2017 EMEA Employment Screening Benchmark Report.

To see the latest trends in the USA, see our regional report.


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