Do you ever exaggerate your qualifications when filling in a CV? Apparently, here in the UK quite a lot of us do especially if we work in the technology sector.
A survey claims that a third of CVs submitted by applicants for tech jobs in the UK were inaccurate, compared to an average of 27 percent across Europe the Middle East and Africa.
The report, by the pre-employment screening company First Advantage, reveals that more than a quarter (26.7 percent) of the inaccuracies could be considered "major" discrepancies — meaning that in the opinion of the analysts, "they raise significant cause for concern". The most inaccuracies were found in the candidates' education histories where nearly half (45.1 percent) of checks uncovered a discrepancy relating to "when, what and where" a candidate studied.
Just over a third (35 percent) of all employment history checks on tech candidates’ CVs uncovered discrepancies, which is higher than any other sector and significantly above the regional average.
More than a quarter (28.3 percent) of professional checks (such as qualifications, licenses and memberships) uncovered inaccuracies, which is also well above a regional average of 23.9 percent.
The more you look the more inaccuracies there are
And far from getting better it seems to be a problem that is getting worse. The overall proportion of tech CV checks that expose inaccuracies has risen from 36.2 percent in 2011 to 37.3 percent in the first half of 2014.
As the analysts pointed out, it is not a situation that is getting better because while the rate of minor discrepancies found fell slightly (from 28 percent to 27.8 percent), an increase in the rate of major discrepancies (from 8.3 percent to 9.5 percent) "has boosted the overall rate for the sector".
The industry found to have the highest rate of inaccuracies is professional services with 37.9 percent. By comparison, legal services companies experienced a discrepancy rate of 37 percent with staffing and recruitment at 35.7 percent and financial services recruits managed to be most accurate at 23 percent.
Commenting on the figures, Traci Canning, senior vice resident and managing director of First Advantage EMEA said: "With the rapid pace of technological change and constantly evolving threat from cybercrime, few tech companies can afford to not know who they're bringing into their organisation or risk them not having the skills and knowledge they need to work safely and competently."