More than nine in ten people have admitted to lying on their CV in order to land a better job.
The poll conducted by Portfolio Payroll, a recruitment business and employment law firm, Peninsula show that worryingly CV liars are getting away with it.
Seven in ten employers say they still do not check candidate references, even though they are aware that lies can be told on CVs and applications.
Almost all candidates, 97% believe that they have benefited from telling fibs about their experiences and career history.
Despite 96% of respondents admitting to lying on their CV in order to improve their chances of securing a job, 84% believe it is unacceptable to do so.
Danny Done, Managing Director of Portfolio Payroll commented:
“Employers are faced with a conundrum of whether to check references and according to the poll subsequently discover that most of their applicants have in fact lied on their CV.
“A method of escaping this route is for employers to provide their own independent means of deciding whether the candidate is suitable for the position. This could be through independent tests to ensure the candidate has the necessary skills and ability to complete specific types of work.”
Done warns that employers must get into the habit of checking references to: “ensure it becomes the businesses common practice so the employer knows exactly who they are employing and exactly what skills they have to offer.”
The survey polled 1675 employees and 1246 employers.