- South Africa's unemployment rate is at a record high as it increased to over 27% in July
- This has led to an increase in people faking their qualifications to get jobs
- It is considered an epidemic in the job market that so many people are misrepresenting themselves
Because it is getting harder to get a job these days, people are turning to ways to secure themselves that much needed employment by faking their qualifications.
Jennifer Barkhuizen from the verifications company Managed Integrity Evaluation explained how serious this problem really is.
Barkhuizen said that according to MIE statistics from 2017, 14.3% of the more than 550 000 checked employees had either faked their qualifications or misrepresented themselves.
Misrepresentation includes anything from omitting information to exaggerating experience or knowledge. She said it has become an epidemic in the job market with so many people being dishonest.
"If you think about a pilot or a doctor or dentist or pharmacist, you know, then it becomes quite severe."
MIE urges companies to put policies in place to better their procurement processes and do background screening tests to ensure employees are who they say they are and that they are qualified to do the job.
It is worrying that companies do not check qualifications as often as would be expected. It has been reported on that even the government is not as vigilant as it should be.
Government officials like Marietha Aucamp have been caught lying about their qualifications, as reported on by Briefly.co.za.
Barkhuizen added that there are different levels of ways that people misrepresent themselves and added that it is very easy to buy qualifications online.
She said people forget that giving a potential employer a fake qualification is essentially fraud, punishable by law. It could lead to a criminal record, influencing people's chances of finding work even more negatively.
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