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PBSA Update: Annual Survey Results and Bruce Berg Conference Report

PBSA Annual Background Screening Survey: Trends in the U.S. and Abroad

With more remote workers now than ever, professional background checks are even more important to safeguard today’s increasingly globalized workforce. HR.com’s HR Research Institute and the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) completes an annual survey of human resources professionals to identify trends in the expansion of screening in the global labor market. This report examines background screening trends worldwide and compares the differences between organizations with locations in the U.S. and those with no U.S. locations.

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The Bruce Berg PBSA 2021 Annual Conference Report

The in-person conference attendance numbers (391) were much less than in the past and 255 virtual for a total of over 600.  And while the quantity was not the highest ever, it still was excellent. There were 146 sponsors on-site and 20 virtual.

The annual Lifetime Achievement Award for the person who has contributed so much to the industry was renamed the Mike Sankey (RIP) Award after its first recipient in 2019. The 2021 award went to Judith Gootkind.

Many critical, timely, and informative sessions were covered over the two days of the conference.

PBSA and its court relations committee are fighting the forces that are pushing to redact DOB information (MI and CA). PBSA has formed a highly effective special task force for the quick response and continuous follow up including lawsuits when all else fails.

Every CRA I spoke with says they are showing good sales revenue in 2021 especially following 2020 with the impact of Covid-19. The current challenge is they could not hire enough people fast enough to keep up with the demand.

With regards to M&A activity, the industry is still very much in a sellers’ marketplace with many more buyers than sellers.  See the full report for a recap of some of the recent deals in our industry.

New dangers to the Future of CRAs!

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