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Jobseekers Resorting To Lying On Applications

May 5, 2015

The proportion of error-riddled job applications has risen to its highest level in four years amid a competitive employment market and the unpredictability of the closely contested upcoming general election.

Almost two thirds of job applications, or 63pc, contained incorrect information in the first quarter of 2015, a level not seen since 2011 and a notable uptick on the 56pc across the whole of 2014, according to the employment due diligence service HireRight.

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.”

Four in 10 applications contain inaccurate statements about the candidate’s educational background, while 36pc lie about the jobseeker’s employment history and 30pc make false claims about professional qualifications, the analysis found.

A quarter of applications include incorrect information about previous directorships, an increase of 40pc on the same period last year, and yet the number of background checks in this area is falling. In 2014, almost a fifth of applications lied about directorships, up from 16pc the year before.

CIFAS, the fraud prevention service, prosecuted 324 people in 2013 for submitting fraudulent job applications – a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison – in a 58pc increase on the previous year.

HireRight’s quarterly report conducted more than 100,000 checks of 26,000 job applications.

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A study last year found that recruitment had returned to pre-recession levels, rising almost 12pc on the previous year, but popular employers such as PwC and Unilever receive 39 applications for every available graduate job.

TGI Fridays, the diner-style restaurant, said last month that it had received more than 2,000 applications for 80 jobs, many at minimum wage, at its new branch in Leicester.

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  1. May 5, 2015 5:22 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. May 5, 2015 11:47 pm

    i am thinking they are prosecuting ordinary people for this, a lot of whom will have been forced into exaggerating just to fulfill the things set by the job centre for them to do.; people with no real qualifications are made/told to go for jobs that they know they are not qualified for. and can still get sanctioned then for not trying hard enough )if they tell the truth and tell the boss they have been pressurised into putting things that aren’t strictly true…………. yet IDS the most famous person in our time that is known for having secured the job he has now. putting peoples lives at risk, is getting away with doing just what these poor sods are being prosecuted rule for them another rule for us.

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