Employers looking to recruit new workers are being urged to conduct proper background checks on jobseekers as many lie on their CVs, according to new research.
A report by BackCheck reveals that 30 per cent of candidates lie about their employment history while 20 per cent lie about references.
Furthermore, 15 per cent say they have lied about their identity while five per cent have not told the truth about criminal convictions, Growing Business reports.
BackCheck also claims that the problem is increasing as jobseekers become more competitive during the recession.
Chris Hawkins of the firm said there are many threats faced by employers because of this problem, "from being prosecuted and facing jail for employing illegal workers to putting your clients, other staff and business at risk by employing someone who has lied".
This news comes after the recruitment and Employment Confederation has warned jobseekers not to lie about health issues on their CVs.