Candidate CV Fraud in South Africa is on the rise, companies need to take note!
Our team at i-Check Data Solutions have put this article together to highlight that candidate CV fraud in South Africa is on the rise and companies need to take note. South Africa is currently experiencing a period of depressed economic growth, that has resulted in record levels of unemployment and this in turn has resulted a noticeable rise in candidate CV fraud as job seekers resorting to desperate measures to get their CV’s noticed by recruiters and potential employers. Some of these acts are relatively minor inaccuracies:
- Dates slightly out of alignment.
- Achievements a little inflated
- Nothing too serious.
But it’s becoming more frequent that individuals are claiming fake qualifications, imagined positions and titles at previous employers, basically fraudulently misrepresenting themselves for the purposes of gaining meaningful employment.
With the advent of high speed internet and high quality printing technology, Websites that offer degrees for sale are popping up all over the place, these are highly organized syndicates that specialize in reproducing high quality diplomas and degree certificates.
What is equally scary is that this issue is not simply restricted to candidates committing CV fraud simply to get their first job, there seems to also be a culture of embellishment developing at higher levels as individuals via for promotion over colleagues and compete for higher salaries.
The only way to stem this growing trend is to make sure that you take the necessary steps to verify and check each candidate’s qualifications and supporting documents. Today, a company cannot take the risk of appointing an individual that simply isn’t up the task required.
I – Check Data Solutions specializes in helping companies determine whether a candidate is attempting to commit CV fraud or existing employee is holding the relevant qualifications and valid supporting documents. Our services cover the entire background check process and are the most affordable in South Africa. We can assist with
- Qualification verification.
- Criminal checks.
- Credit checks.
- Driver’s license checks to name but a few of our services.
If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact our sales team today!