The Forum of Private Businesses (FPB) has warned employers to be on the lookout for applicants who have made fraudulent claims on their CVs.
The Credit Industry Fraud Avoidance Scheme (Cifas) estimates that employee fraud costs the UK £40 million per year, with some fraudsters falsifying information to infiltrate companies and gain access to money, goods or information, according to the FPB.
Senior member services representative at the FPB Philip Moody offered employers some advice.
He said: "When reviewing CVs, check for gaps and unusual job moves. When interviewing, use a competency-based approach to gain evidence of how the person would perform.
"Consider using work-based ability tests to provide real data on each candidate's ability to do the job."
He added that employers should make sure they thoroughly check a new candidate's identity and address, using an online check that can confirm information within seconds, as well as using physical documents.