One-in-five jobseekers would lie on their CV, a new survey by Staffbay, the recruitment company, has found.
20% said they would lie to impress a potential employer, with the most common being fake qualifications or higher grades, and including work experience that did not take place.
Tony Wilmot, founder of Staffbay, said: "Obviously, these figures are shocking, but with as many as 80 people chasing the same job it’s hardly surprising that some jobseekers are prepared to bend the rules a little to enter the world of work.
"It’s pleasing to see that 80pc of the jobseekers we surveyed are honest, but what is very apparent from these results is the need for those seeking work to differentiate themselves.
“Simple paper CVs just don’t make you stand out from the crowd these days; what employers want to do is find out more about job applicants before they call them in for an interview, and they simply can’t do this by flicking through a paper CV.”
With some graduates lying about their degree grades to get ahead in a highly competitive job market, the government is now funding a new degree verification service.
The service – bankrolled by the Higher Education Funding Council for England – will allow prospective employers and higher degree providers to check that their applicants' quoted degree grades are true.