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Background Check & Drug Testing – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 7381 & 8099  |  NAICS 561611 & 6211999

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Background Checking Services  (view report)
Drug Testing Laboratories  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

About Screening

Introductory section provides basic information on background checks, why they are conducted, and why professional screening companies are used to perform them, and includes additional reference links to sections that cover the history of screening and describe differences between various types of background checks (e.g., employment, rental tenant, and volunteer) and how they are conducted.

Sterling Talent Solutions
Publications available from this organization include:

Background Screening 101
E-book covers specific aspects of the screening process, with topics covered in individual chapters including criminal record checks and the use of databases for this purpose, regulatory concerns with regard to the use of credit reports and criminal records, types of drug tests and the circumstances in which they are employed, validating applicant resumes, and complying with Form I-9 requirements.

Background Screening Trends & Best Practices Report
Customer survey provides insights on current practices in the professional screening industry, with topics covered including motivations for conducting screening, challenges and barriers associated with background checks, types of pre-hire and post-hire screening, types of employees screened, confidence in screening providers and results, and screening outcomes and perceived legal risks.

Society for Human Resources Management
Conducting Background Investigations and Reference Checks  Select "Toolkits" from "Resources & Tools" drop-down menu

Article addresses the different approaches used in screening applicants for job openings, with topics covered including various aspects involved in the investigation process such as verifying eligibility for employment and checking employment, education, credit, criminal, and driving record history, types of reference checks and items commonly verified, and legal challenges in conducting investigations.

HireRight, LLC
Employment Screening Benchmark Report  Select above title from "Resources" drop-down menu

Annual survey of HR professionals explores key issues and trends affecting screening programs and the policies and practices used in these programs, with various topics covered in the report including most popular types of background checks performed, non-employee personnel subject to screening (e.g., contract workers, vendors, and volunteers), and most common methods used for drug testing.

American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Pre-Employment Drug and Alcohol Testing

Pocket guide covers various topics related to testing for drug and alcohol abuse, with topics covered including pre-employment and workplace testing programs, government-mandated testing, impact of foods and medicines on test results, ways in which subjects try to beat the tests, legal issues in pre- employment and employee testing programs, and guidance on avoiding false-positive testing results.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Background Screening /  Drug Detection Services  Search for "561450" and "621999" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Background Screening /  Drug Detection Services  Search for "561450" and "621999" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Background Checking & Drug Testing Services
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Financial benchmarks section provides detailed comparative income statements and balance sheets and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial benchmarks available for each of the five most recent fiscal years and on a historical average basis for three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet that includes breakdowns by total asset size can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

BizMiner Financial Analysis Reports
Background Screening /  Drug Detection Services  Search for "561450" and "621999" to see available reports

Five-year comparative income statement analysis provides salaries, wages, and officer compensation in dollars and as a percentage of sales for companies that perform background checks on individuals for landlords, companies, and other organizations and laboratories that analyze blood, urine, hair, and saliva samples for the presence of drugs and other substances. Sample report is available free online.

PayScale, Inc.
Compensation resources available from this organization include:

Background Investigator
Free online service provides salary, bonus, profit sharing, and total cash compensation information for personnel who conduct background investigations, such as pre-employment checks, on individuals for landlords, employers, and other organizations by searching databases, credit reports, public records, legal and tax filings, and other resources and conducting reference checks and in-person interviews.

Toxicology Testing
Free online service provides median salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for personnel who analyze blood, urine, saliva, and hair samples for the presence of drugs and other substances, with job titles covered including laboratory manager, supervisor, technician, and phlebotomist and firms for which this data is provided including eScreen, Inc., LabCorp, NMS Labs, Inc., and Quest Diagnostics, Inc.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for public and private company sales transactions by SIC or NAICS Code. These databases provide detailed information for sales transactions including sales price and terms, purchase price allocation, target financial data, and deal-derived valuation multiples. Sample reports can be viewed free online.

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