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Employers 'failing to check proof of degree'

A third of employers assume job applicants are telling the truth about their degree and do not ask to see proof of their qualifications, according to new research.

The Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD), which conducted the study, said that most degree fraud goes undetected because businesses do not make proper checks.

Employers 'fail to check proof of degree' Credit: PA

The latest study, which questioned 106 employers, found that fewer than two thirds (62%) said that they request degree certificates or transcripts from at least some candidates, with a third (33%) saying that they do not do so.

Less than a fifth (19%) revealed that they check certificates and transcripts with the university than issued them, with the vast majority (76%) admitting that they do not verify documents. HEDD director Jayne Rowley said:

Many of us want to believe that people are telling the truth, so we place our trust in references, applications and interviews. With a low perception of the frequency and risks of qualification fraud it's easy to become complacent. But some people are unscrupulous and looking to take advantage.

If someone is lying about their qualifications, we have to question their overall integrity as a potential employee.

– Jayne Rowley, Higher Education Degree Datacheck