Degree Verification UK

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Degree verification UK: fake degrees are on the rise

Degree verification services are for employers and educational bodies that are looking to protect their reputations, in response to the growing incidence of degree fraud and verification misrepresentation in the UK. Currently, only a small proportion of businesses verify degree results directly with the awarding university. A competitive labour market increases the chances of candidates deliberately exaggerating or misrepresenting their background.

Until now, it has been both timely and difficult for employers to check a candidate’s credentials, especially with the increasing number of educational organisations across the world granting degrees. Fake degree certificates, including masters degrees and PhDs, can be obtained from the rising number of bogus universities and degree mills and from websites offering fake certificates. These can be extremely difficult to distinguish from their genuine counterparts, and bogus universities are becoming increasingly sophisticated in developing a legitimate-seeming online presence. The most reliable way to verify the accuracy of a qualification is to check directly with the relevant awarding institution.

Do employers check degrees UK?

For instance, according to an article on the BBC News website in January 2018, in, one Pakistani company issued more than 3,000 fake qualifications to UK-based individuals.

Buyers discovered by the BBC included NHS employees such as nurses, a psychologist and even an ophthalmologist (even though the individuals concerned had earned other genuine qualifications that entitled them to practice medicine). According to the UK government’s Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD), only 20 per cent of UK employers conduct proper background checks.

Purchasing a fake degree certificate is not yet illegal in the UK, but it constitutes fraud by misrepresentation to use such a certificate to obtain a job and can result in a significant prison sentence.

At Qualification Check, it is free to register for our online accreditation verification services, and you can make a one-off check or take advantage of discounted rates for multiple verifications. Once you are registered, you can use our online system to access our services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Why choose Qualification Check UK to verify a candidate’s qualifications?

Founded in 2009, Qualification Check is now trusted by thousands of organisations around the world to carry out their education verifications. We are a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) in the UK. As the market leaders, we are able to verify qualifications at tens of thousands of universities and colleges across the world in more than a hundred countries.

Our team is constantly adding legitimate awarding bodies to our system, and we will be pleased to hear from your organisation if you would like to be included. Qualification Check also offers a fast and cost-effective service for many professional accreditation’s, too. Using our online system, you can incorporate our fast and efficient qualification screening services into your recruitment process today.

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