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Last year, Credence worked with Prospects Hedd to analyze 55,000 CVs and found that a staggering 15% of them contained academic discrepancies (particularly around degrees).

To show the prevalence of degree fraud

Half of UK employers have been a victim of degree fraud. However, many do not take action to safeguard their business.

Continuing, here are the key findings:

  • A quarter of CVs contains inconsistencies. Moreover, 15% were related to a candidate’s academic achievements.
  • Furthermore, discrepancies in employment accounted for 52% of the CVs flagged with a major alert.
  • Despite this, 20% of employers do not check a candidate’s degree qualifications.
  • 49% of large businesses and 48% of SMEs have encountered an applicant who has lied about their degree qualifications.
  • 83% of employers believe some of their hires have lied about their degree.

Please visit Prospect’s article for the full report and the source of the article above:


A CV should provide a clear picture of its owner. It should showcase their
skills, academic achievements and work experience. Unfortunately, not
everyone is accurate, or indeed honest, when writing their CV. Our job,
as CV detectives, is to confirm the truth and uncover the inaccuracies,
discrepancies and omissions, thereby mitigating the risk to our clients.

The background screening industry is evolving, with more records
now available online and clients requiring increasingly in-depth social
media screening. As the global employment market becomes more
competitive, and as some individuals become more creative in hiding
the truth, it is essential that employers establish a robust background
screening process to complement their recruitment activity and
avoid the costly pitfall of an unsuitable hire. As a leading provider of
background screening solutions, it is down to the competency and
capability of Credence research analysts to validate the truths and
uncover the lies.

I welcome your feedback on this report and will be happy to answer
any questions you may have on how background screening can protect
your business.
Hedley Clark, Managing Director of Credence Background Screening.

Credence can detect degree fraud, so you do not accidentally hire an unqualified person.

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