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IPFS News Link • Employee and Employer Relations

Companies are Getting Rid of Drug Tests Because They Can't Find Enough Workers

• By Gavin Butler

In the midst of a global labour shortage, employers around the world are doing away with drug tests in a desperate bid to attract more job applicants, fill more roles and retain more workers.

A survey, conducted by staffing firm ManpowerGroup and released this week, indicated that 9 percent of more than 45,000 employers worldwide were eliminating job screenings or drug tests as an incentive to "attract and retain in-demand talent." That equates to some 4,050 employers, from 43 countries, who are willing to turn a blind eye to workers' recreational drug use if it means filling vacant positions.