Many sectors in the UK are experiencing a significant skills shortage as the economy recovers from the impact of COVID-19.

Lots of employers are searching for the best candidates with the skills and experience to get the job done – sifting through CVs to find recruits with the talent they need.

However, can what a person includes in their CV always be trusted? A new study by CareCheck has revealed that an incredible 51 per cent of UK adults have lied on their CVs before.

According to the survey, 41 per cent of respondents had exaggerated their previous responsibilities, while 27 per cent had falsely increased GCSE grades and 20 per cent had lied about their A-Levels.

When it came to hobbies, 34 per cent made up lies about their interests outside of work to try to impress potential employers, while five per cent had lied about their age to make themselves seem younger.

Those seeking out entry-level positions were the most likely to lie, with 44 per cent having done so, but even 20 per cent of those in senior management roles had told a fib to get the job.

The data also showed that men were more likely to lie about their skills and qualifications than women with more than three-fifths of men including false information, while 43 per cent of women admitted to doing the same thing.

Incredibly, around 60 per cent of survey respondents aged between 25 and 44-years-old had admitted to falsifying elements of their CV, while older employees aged 44 and over were less likely to have.

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