Desperate jobseekers, looking for work in a highly competitive jobs market, are increasingly resorting to lies and exaggerations on application forms.
Research by HireRight, one of the world’s largest providers of employee background check services, found that the number of job applications riddled with inaccurate statements has increased to a four-year-high.
The number of job applications containing factual errors increased to 63% in 2015, the highest level since 2011 and up from 56% in 2014.
According to the research, around 36% of jobseekers lie about their employment history to improve the chance of landing a job.
30% made false statements about professional qualifications and others provided inaccurate information about previous directorships.
The Daily Telegraph reports that 324 people were prosecuted by the the fraud prevention service, CIFAS, in 2013 for submitting fraudulent job applications – an increase of 58% on the previous year.
Steve Girdler, HireRight’s managing director of EMEA, said:
“With slower growth forecast in 2015 than last year and the uncertainty a general election can create in the market, it is unsurprising that we have seen an increase in errors or exaggerations.”
HireRight carried out more than 100,000 accuracy checks on 26,000 job applications.