With more matriculants unable to find places at institutions of higher learning due to a lack of funding, employers could find themselves with inadequately trained employees as the number of people lying on their CVs constantly increases.
According to the latest figures, as much as 18% of job seekers lied on their CVs last year, with the largest portion coming from the younger generation, Managed Integrity Evaluation index said recently.
"The younger generation is more prone to taking risks, while the older generation are more inclined to be more patient as they are aware that one needs to follow steps towards growing in their respective careers," Ina van der Merwe, CEO of Managed Integrity Evaluation, said.
She said younger job seekers were more prone to take risks as they have a tendency to seek instant gratification in a quest to achieve their goals.
The index also shows that about 15.64% of job seekers lied about their qualifications, with outright fraudulent certificates or changing symbols on their certificates.
If you use a reputable firm, you will find out almost immediately if someone has lied on their CV
She said matric tended to be the most qualification lied about as many positions need matric as a minimum requirement, with alterations made on symbols achieved being one of the most common trends.
"Entry level positions are mostly targeted. although people also lie in order to get promotions, largely through job hopping," she said. In terms of qualification beyond matric, the BCom degree is most lied about, however, no specific university is targeted.
She said the index also shows that about 7.5% of job applicants lied about being members of a professional body in order to enhance their prospects of finding employment.
Ina said, universities normally look at the problem differently with institutions like Unisa preferring to lay criminal charges on those involved.
Wits University registrar Carol Crosley said the university also tended to take a legal route in order to deal with fraudulent qualifications.
"We enforce strict management of our academic administration and will not hesitate to consider legal action should there lie the possibility of reputational damage," she said.
Ina advises companies to use a reputable firm to help them with background checks as this has proven to have the highest success rates.
"If you use a reputable firm, you will find out almost immediately if someone has lied on their CVs," she said.