The proportion of error-riddled job applications has risen to its highest level in four years amid a competitive employment market and the unpredictability ofthe 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, “Withslower growth forecast in 2015 than last yearandthe 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.
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