Seventy-Six Percent of Hiring Executives to Increase Staff

February 26, 2015 – Seventy-six percent of hiring executives predict they will increase their workforce size, with 55 percent planning significant growth of three percent or more, according to the 2015 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmark Report. In addition, the majority of respondents (51 percent) said “finding and retaining talent” was their top business challenge, a challenge representing the No. 1 concern for businesses of all sizes, based on survey responses. Respondents also emphasized that finding qualified candidates (62 percent) and keeping good employees (44 percent) were the top two talent management challenges. “This year’s report demonstrates a level of optimism not seen in many years and reinforces the heightened need to improve candidate experience and employee engagement,” said Rachel Trindade, vice president of marketing at HireRight. “With the convergence of decreasing unemployment; the aging of our skilled workforce; changing expectations of younger workers; and more direct employment opportunities through the peer-to-peer economy – taking actions to ensure a positive candidate experience and to keep current employees engaged will be key to successful talent management.”

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