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.
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: