Background screening company, Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE), says that as many as one in 10 job candidates has a criminal record, with some industries attracting far more candidates with criminal histories than others – including state owned enterprises.
MIE’s data is pulled from its vetting services conducted over the past year – and published in an annual background screening report.
The company conducted a total of 561,346 qualification checks in 2016 – up 17% from 2015.
In terms of criminal record checks, director and CEO of MIE, Ina van der Merwe said that the company completed 741,560 checks – of which, 10% of candidates had a criminal record.
However, perhaps even more concerning is that out of the 10% of candidates with a criminal record – 48,167 candidates did not disclose their criminal history on application.
“We also noted that the manufacturing and mining industries are at greater risk, as these sectors recorded the highest number of candidates with criminal histories – ranging between 18% and 20%,” van der Merwe said.
MIE’s data also identified the types of crimes committed by candidates, with a high number guilty of violent crimes.