Many lie to get a job, study says
ONE in three Australians admits to having lied to their employers about their career credentials to get the job, new research finds.
The study, commissioned by registered training organisation Upskilled, reveals exaggeration, inflation or outright lies about previous positions, training and qualifications are rife in the workforce and not just in job interviews or on resumes.
South Australians, however, are the most honest compared with counterparts in other states, with only one in five workers admitting lying to employers.
Women are slightly less likely at 31 per cent to lie than men at 33 per cent.
The study also found one in three workers had lied to friends, partners and family to try to impress them, increasing to 60 per cent of staff in the 16 to 24-year age bracket.
About one in five workers is ashamed or embarrassed about their job, lack of career progression or qualification and of those about half admit pressure from friends and family to earn a higher salary.